Join us in discovering the opera stars of tomorrow.

The Glyndebourne Opera Cup – an 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.

You can join us in March 2018 for the final stages of the competition. The 25 semi-finalists will vye for one of ten places in the final, where they will sing for the judges for the last time, and the winner will be crowned.

The theme of the inaugural competition is Mozart, and the finalists will be accompanied by The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.



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. 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.

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 includes:

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 Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and Glyndebourne
Maria Mot Associate Director, Vocal & Opera, Intermusica
Dame Janet Baker (Live Final only)

Upcoming events in this season