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Discover the Opera Stars Of The Future

Glyndebourne Opera Cup 2018

Discover the opera stars of tomorrow at the Semi-final's of The Glyndebourne Opera Cup – the international competition for opera singers.

Tickets are available to the Semi-final and the Final which take place on the Glyndebourne main stage. Tickets go on sale to the public tomorrow the 2 October 2017.

Why not book an overnight stay with us at White Lodge luxury bed and breakfast for Lewes only a 15 minute drive to Glyndebourne.

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).

The semi-final will take place at Glyndebourne on 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.

The final will be held on the 24th March 4-9pm. Tickets: central seats £30, side seats £20. There will be ten finalists accompanied by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, perform before the jury for the last time before the overall winner and runners up of the 2018 competition are announced. Make your own mark on history by voting in the Audience Award.

The 2018 judging panel are:
  • 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 Glyndebourne and Bayerische Staatsoper Munich

  • Maria Mot, Associate Director, Vocal & Opera, Intermusica

The competition’s honorary president is Dame Janet Baker, whose own early career was fostered by Glyndebourne.

This exciting competition will be televised in a dedicated TV series on Sky Arts, Glyndebourne’s official UK broadcast partner for this competition.

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