The Glyndebourne Opera Cup – the international competition for opera singers is designed to discover and spotlight the best young singers from around the world, offering a top prize of £15,000 and a platform for launching an international opera career.

The competition will take place every two years, each time focused on a different single composer or strand of the repertoire, in order 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 criteria, including age limit, will vary to reflect the chosen theme.

The competition has been devised by Glyndebourne’s General Director, Sebastian F. Schwarz, who chairs the judging panel. Acting as honorary president will be Dame Janet Baker, whose own early career was fostered by Glyndebourne.

The semi-finals and the final of the competition are open to the general public. Tickets for the 2018 competition will be on sale later this year.

Sky Arts, Glyndebourne’s official UK broadcast partner, will bring the competition to a wider audience with a dedicated TV series. Following each stage of the competition, the series will feature preliminary rounds in a number of international cities, culminating in the finals at Glyndebourne, and will allow audiences to learn more about the individual competitors involved.

The Glyndebourne Opera Cup 2018

Theme: Mozart
Age limit: 28
Orchestra: The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Important dates

  • Monday 2 October 2017

    Singers’ applications open

  • January 2018

    Preliminary rounds in Philadelphia, London and Berlin

  • Thursday 22 March 2018


  • Saturday 24 March 2018


Full details, including information on the application process, will be released this summer.

Tickets for the semi-final and final of the 2018 competition will be on sale later this year.

In addition to the prize fund, the final stages of the 2018 competition will be broadcast on Sky Arts, offering a high-profile platform to those taking part.

The 2018 judging panel includes:

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 Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and Glyndebourne
Maria Mot Associate Director, Vocal & Opera, Intermusica