Countertenor Hugh Cutting Wins 2021 Kathleen Ferrier Awards’ Top Prize

By David Salazar
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The Kathleen Ferrier Awards has announced its 2021 winners.

Coming in first place was British countertenor Hugh Cutting. A member of the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio, Cutting takes home a prize of £12,500.

In second place, and taking home £6,000 was Latvian soprano Laura Peresivana, who is studying at Guildhall Opera School. Meanwhile, the recipient of the Ferrier Loveday Song Prize went to British mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston; she will receive a cash prize of £5,000. Charlston previously won the 2018 Händel Singing Competition.

Finally, the winner of the Accompanist’s Prize, which was funded by Help Musicians, was Israeli pianist Ilan Kurtser. The Royal Academy of Music student will take home £5,000.

Audiences can stream the final for free via the competition’s official website starting on Nov. 29 and 30. The finals will be streamed on Dec. 4 and 5, 2021