The Glyndebourne Festival has announced its 2018 festival and with it a new international competition.
Titled the Glyndebourne Opera Cup, “the new competition will be designed to discover and spotlight the best young singers from around the world and will offer a top prize of £15,000 and a platform for launching an international opera career.”
The competition will take place every two years like Cardiff and the Tebaldi competition and each time it will be focused on a different single composer or strand of the repertoire, in order to cater for the various specialisms within operatic training and to ensure competitors can be accompanied by an orchestra with instruments appropriate for the period.
The competition will also have an eligibility criterion, including age limit which will vary to reflect the chosen theme. This upcoming year the age limit will be 28 and it will be Mozart-themed.
The competition was devised by Glyndebourne’s General Director, Sebastian F. Schwarz, who chairs the judging panel. Acts as honorary president will be Dame Janet Baker, whose own early career was fostered by Glyndebourne.
The semi-finals and the final of the competition will be open to the general public and take place on March 22 and 24, 2018.
The Glyndebourne festival also announced that Sky Arts, Glyndebourne’s official UK broadcast partner, will bring the competition to a wider audience with a dedicated TV series. Following each stage of the competition, the series will feature preliminary rounds in a number of international cities, culminating in the finals at Glyndebourne, and will allow audiences to learn more about the individual competitors involved.