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    Join us in discovering the opera stars of tomorrow at the Semi-final of The Glyndebourne Opera Cup – an international competition for opera singers.

    Tickets are available to the Semi-final and the Final which take place on the Glyndebourne main stage.

    Following an open call for applications, selected singers will attend preliminary rounds in locations around the world. They will be whittled down to the final 25 semi-finalists, ready to face the judging panel on the Glyndebourne stage and only 10 will progress to the Final.

    Each instalment of this biennial competition will focus on the work of one great operatic composer, starting with Mozart.

    The winner will receive a top prize of £15,000 and the guarantee of a professional role at one of the top international opera houses. 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).

    Semi-final

    Thursday 22 March 2018, 11.00am – 9.00pm
    Tickets: central seats £20; side seats £10

    25 semi-finalists perform with piano accompaniment, before the jury select the 2018 finalists.

    Horsted Place near Uckfield, Lewes and Glyndebourne is the Preferred Hotel of the 2018 Glyndebourne Cup and offers accommodation for stay during the competition.

    Please check the Horsted Place website to check on accommodation.


    Watch the Glyndebourne Opera Cup on Sky Arts

    This exciting competition will be televised in a dedicated TV series on Sky Arts, Glyndebourne’s official UK broadcast partner for this competition. The series will be presented by Chris Addison and Danielle de Niese.

    Part 1 Thursday 22 March, 8.00pm-9.00pm

    Part 2 – Semi-final Friday 23 March, 9.00pm-11.00pm

    Part 3 – Live Final Saturday 24 March, 4.30pm–9pm


    The 2018 judging panel

    • Sebastian F. Schwarz (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, Superintendent and Artistic Director, Teatro La Fenice, Venice
    • Pål Christian Moe, Casting Consultant for Glyndebourne and Bayerische Staatsoper Munich
    • Maria Mot, Associate Director, Vocal & Opera, Intermusica
    • Dame Janet Baker (Live Final only)

    Acting as the competition’s honorary president is Dame Janet Baker, whose own early career was fostered by Glyndebourne. As well as presenting the prizes, she will adjudicate at the live final.


    The Glyndebourne Opera Cup is supported through investment from Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme which invests significantly in developing new audiences and artists of the future.