2023 Elizabeth Connell Prize International Singing Competition to be Held in London

By Afton Wooten

The 2023 Elizabeth Connell Prize International Singing Competition will take place in London at Wigmore Hall.

Established in 2014 through the legacy left by South African Dramatic Soprano Elizabeth Connell, the competition provides financial support for aspiring dramatic female singers under the age of 35.

This year’s record-breaking amount of £37,000 in total will be divvied among the six finalists. The first prize totaling at £15,000 and ECP crystal trophy, followed by £7,500, and £5,000. The three remaining finalists will receive £3,000 each, and the audience prize winner will take home £50.

Up to 25 singers will be selected from video auditions and asked to compete live in London on May 31, 12 of which will move onto the semi-final round on June 1. The final six competitors will be chosen to compete in the final on June 3 which will be live-streamed.

The panel of judges will include soprano Dame Anne Evans DBE, Peter Katona the head of casting for ROH Covent
Garden, and mezzo-soprano Bernadette Cullen. Additional judges are to be announced.