How to apply

Applications for The Glyndebourne Opera Cup are now closed

Applications for the Glyndebourne Opera Cup 2018 are open to singers of any nationality aged between 21 and 28 who are in the early stages of their professional career and ready to perform on the opera stage.

The overall winner will receive a top prize of £15,000 and the guarantee of a professional role within five years at one of the top international opera houses represented on the competition jury.

Below you can find more information on how to apply, and a link to the application form.

Applications open on 2 October 2017 and close at 8am GMT 25 November (midnight PST on 24 November 2017).


Competition rules

Before starting your application, please ensure you have read the full Competition Rules.


Theme – Mozart

Each installment of this biennial competition will focus on the work of one of the great operatic composers; in 2018 the competition will focus on Mozart.

Having a focus on a particular composer allows us to cater for the various specialisms within operatic training and to ensure competitors can be accompanied by an orchestra with instruments appropriate for the period.


Eligibility

The competition is open to singers of any nationality resident anywhere in the world and is intended for singers in the early stages of their professional career who are ready to perform on the opera stage.

Applicants must be born between 25 March 1989 and 24 March 1997. Please see the full Competition Rules for more details.


Prizes

First prize: £15,000 and the offer of a role in an opera staged by one of the companies represented on the Competition jury within five years.
Second prize: £10,000
Third prize: £7,500
Promising Talent prize: £5,000
Audience prize: £5,000

Please see the full Competition Rules. for more details.


Fees & Expenses

An administration fee of £75 (seventy five pounds sterling) is payable to Glyndebourne by all applicants at the time of application. This administration fee is non-refundable in any circumstances, even if the applicant’s initial application is unsuccessful. Applications are made at the artists’ own expense and no costs will be reimbursed, save for those who reach the Finals of the Competition on 24 March 2018. Please see the full Competition Rules for more details.

Travel bursary for applicants from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities

It is the intention of the organisers that the Competition will be open to members of as broad a range of different ethnic groups as possible. Sky Arts are offering applicants from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, as an under-represented group in the opera field, the opportunity to have reimbursed their travel expenses in attending the Preliminary Rounds. Please see the full Competition Rules for more details.


What you need to prepare

In order to be able to participate fully in the Competition, all applicants must prepare five Mozart operatic arias in the original language in which they were written. No songs, oratorios or concert arias are admissible.

As part of their initial application, applicants must supply the following:

  • A professional biography and a short curriculum vitae or resume
  • A professional headshot photograph
  • A scanned copy of the photograph page your passport
  • Details of any specific access requirements
  • Names and email addresses of two referees. One of which should be a singing teacher, conservatoire or other higher educational establishment
  • Video recordings of two Mozart operatic arias


Please see the full Competition Rules before applying.


Filming & broadcast

Each stage of the competition will be filmed and recorded for a dedicated TV series. Applicants will need to provide their consent to participate in the filming and any promotional activities. Please see the full Competition Rules for more details.

Important dates

  • Monday 2 October 2017

    Singers’ applications open
  • 24 November 2017
    Singers’ applications close
  • 15 December 2017

    Successful applicants notified

  • January 2018
    Preliminary rounds in Berlin, Philadelphia and London
  • Thursday 22 March 2018

    Semi-final at Glyndebourne

  • Saturday 24 March 2018

    Final at Glyndebourne