The Glyndebourne Opera Cup – an international competition for opera singers is designed to discover and spotlight the best young singers from around the world, in partnership with UK broadcaster Sky Arts. 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.
Sky Arts, The Glyndebourne Opera Cup’s official UK broadcast partner, will broadcast the competition with a dedicated TV series, capturing every stage of the competition, from the early rounds in cities around the world to the finals.
The biennial competition will focus on the work of one great operatic composer each time it is held.
The inaugural competition, culminating in March 2018 at Glyndebourne, will focus on Mozart and is 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.
Three preliminary rounds will take place in January 2018 in Philadelphia, London and Berlin – applicants will be notified of having reached the preliminary stages by 15 December 2017. During these heats applicants will perform, accompanied by a repetiteur, in front of a panel that includes representatives from Glyndebourne and the final jury.
The latter stages of the competition take place on the main stage at Glyndebourne in March 2018 in front of an audience, and the finalists will be accompanied by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Tickets for these performances go on sale to the general public on 2 October 2017.
In addition to crowning an overall winner, the competition offers prizes for second place (£10,000) and third place (£7,500), along with an Audience Award and a Promising Talent Award (£5,000 each).
The international jury for The Glyndebourne Opera Cup is:
- Sebastian F. Schwarz, General Director, Glyndebourne (Chair)
- Barrie Kosky, Artistic Director, Komische Oper Berlin
- David Devan, General Director and President, Opera Philadelphia
- Joan Matabosch, Artistic Director, Teatro Real de Madrid
- Sophie de Lint, Artistic Director, Zurich Opera and Director designate of Dutch National Opera
- Fortunato Ortombina, Artistic Director, Teatro La Fenice, Venice
- Pål Christian Moe, Casting Consultant for Glyndebourne and Bayerische Staatsoper Munich
- Maria Mot, Associate Director, Vocal & Opera, Intermusica
Glyndebourne’s General Director, Sebastian F. Schwarz, who devised the competition, said: ‘The Glyndebourne Opera Cup has been carefully designed to offer maximum benefit to those who enter. We are looking for outstanding professional singers ready for work on the international stage and I’m looking forward to receiving applications this autumn.’
The competition’s honorary president is Dame Janet Baker, whose own early career was fostered by Glyndebourne.
Dame Janet Baker said: ‘My own career began at Glyndebourne so I’m well aware just how much the company has to offer to singers as they seek to establish themselves and develop as artists. This new competition is thoroughly in keeping with the strong commitment to nurturing singers that I observed and benefitted from during my time at Glyndebourne so I was delighted to be invited to act as honorary president.’
Applications to The Glyndebourne Opera Cup can be submitted via glyndebourne.com between 2 October and 24 November 2017.