Glyndebourne Opera Cup semi-finalists announced4:22, 12th February 2018
The semi-finalists for the first Glyndebourne Opera Cup have been announced.
Twenty-three singers aged 21-28 have been chosen to compete in the semi-final at Glyndebourne on 22 March.
The singers will be competing for one of ten places in the final on 24 March, which will be broadcast live on Sky Arts. The overall winner will receive £15,000 and the guarantee of a role within five years at one of the top opera houses represented on the competition jury.
Fourteen nationalities are represented among the semi-finalists. The singers hail from Austria, Canada, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Kosovo, Mexico, Poland, the UK, Ukraine, and the USA.
- Adèle Charvet 24, mezzo-soprano (France)
- Francesca Chiejina 27, soprano (USA)
- Jorge Espino 26, baritone (Mexico)
- Adriana Gonzalez 26, soprano (Guatemala)
- Samantha Hankey 24, mezzo-soprano (USA)
- Elbenita Kajtazi 26, soprano (Kosovo)
- Dmytro Kalmuchyn 24, baritone (Ukraine)
- Aurora Marthens 25, soprano (Finland)
- Mirjam Mesak 27, soprano (Estonia)
- Denis Milo 27, baritone (Germany)
- Jake Muffett 24, baritone (UK)
- Diana Newman 28, soprano (USA)
- Gemma Ní Bhriain 25, mezzo-soprano (Ireland)
- Alexandra Nowakowski 25, soprano (USA/Poland)
- Eléonore Pancrazi 27, mezzo-soprano (France)
- Emily Pogorelc 21, soprano (USA)
- Cody Quattlebaum 24, bass-baritone (USA)
- Anita Rosati 24, soprano (Austria)
- Carl Rumstadt 25, baritone (Germany)
- Jacquelyn Stucker 28, soprano (USA)
- Jack Swanson 24, tenor (USA)
- Charles Sy 26, tenor (Canada)
- Hubert Zapiór 23, baritone (Poland)
Sebastian F. Schwarz, chair of the Glyndebourne Opera Cup jury, said: ‘These young singers piqued our curiosity; they revealed engaging artistic personalities and promising, beautiful instruments, and they demonstrated superior technical and musical skills.
‘I am delighted with the semi-finalists we have chosen. They represent the best Mozart singing to be found in their age group and reaffirm my hopes about the future of opera. I am very excited to be hearing them all again in the semi-final at Glyndebourne and wish each of them the very best.’
The international jury for the Glyndebourne Opera Cup includes Barrie Kosky, artistic director of Komische Oper Berlin; Sophie de Lint, artistic director of Zurich Opera and director designate of Dutch National Opera; and Joan Matabosch, artistic director of Teatro Real in Madrid.
The competition’s honorary president is Dame Janet Baker. She will present the prizes and adjudicate at the live final.
The semi-finals and final of the Glyndebourne Opera Cup take place on the 22 and 24 March respectively. Sky Arts will broadcast highlights of the worldwide heats on the 22 March; the semi-final on the 23 March; and the live final on the 24 March.