Friday, 17 March 2017

Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition 2017

Anna Starushkevych, winner of the first Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers' Competition in 2013
Anna Starushkevych, winner of the first Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers' Competition in 2013
Applications opened earlier this month for the 2017 edition of the Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition. Launched in 2013 to celebrate Bampton Classical Opera's 20th anniversary, the biennial competition aims at identifying emerging young singers working in the UK. Previous winners were mezzo-soprano Anna Starushkevych (2013) and soprano Galina Averina (2015). 

Applications close on 11 August 2017, and the first (closed) round takes place on 28 & 29 October 2017,  when the applicants prepare three items from which the jury will choose two. For the public finale at the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, on Sunday 19 November at 6pm, applicants perform a 20 minute programme of contrasting items including opera and song, and at least one work in English. Judges for the competition will be tenor Bonaventura Bottone and mezzo-soprano Jean Rigby.

Competitors can apply by downloading an application form and information document from the company’s website or on request by emailing ysc@bamptonopera.org. This competition is open UK residents aged between 21 and 32 on 19 November, 2017. The first prize is £1,500, the second prize £500 and the accompanists prize £500

Bampton Classical Opera's Summer season opens on 21 July 2017, with the first performances in modern times of Salieri's The School of Jealousy.

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