Wednesday 28 July 2021

Congratulations: Garsington presents end-of-season awards to four young artists

Garsington Opera awards: Madison Leonard, Cecilia Stinton, Katy Thomson, Ossian Huskinson
The season at Garsington has come to a close and the company has presented awards to four young artists who took part in the season, in recognition of their professional and personal contributions and musical skill.

Two Leonard Ingrams Awards go to America soprano Madison Leonard, who made her Garsington debut as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier this season, and to director Cecilia Stinton, who was assistant director on the revival of Michael Boyd's production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin [see my review of the original 2016 production] and directed the understudies in a full performance for an audience of first timers, as well as working on the complex COVID protocols for the production of Rossini's Le comte Ory.

The Helen Clarke Award goes to soprano Katy Thompson, an Alvarez Young Artist, who was in the chorus for Der Rosenkavalier and gave a triumphant performance as Die Marschallin on 13 June when Miah Persson was indisposed.

The Simon Sandbach Award goes to bass-baritone Ossian Huskinson, an Alvarez Young Artist, who was in the chorus for Eugene Onegin and Le comte Ory, and  role of Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, and understudied the role of Prince Gremin, which he sang at OperaFirst (Garsington's scheme to introduce school children to opera). [We saw Huskinson as King Rene in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta at the Royal Academy of Music in 2019, see my review].

All awards are financial, for help with professional development, and each is presented in memory of an important figure from Garsington Opera’s history. The Leonard Ingrams Awards are made in memory of Garsington Opera's founder to continue his vision of supporting, encouraging and nurturing the best young artists involved in the creative process of bringing opera to the stage. The Helen Clarke and Simon Sandbach Awards were created in memory of members of the Garsington Opera team and are made in recognition of singers' exceptional talent, musical skill and contribution to Garsington Opera's productions.

Full details from the
Garsington website.

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