Sky Arts to offer travel bursary to support BAME applicants for The Glyndebourne Opera Cup

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Sky Arts, the official UK broadcast partner of The Glyndebourne Opera Cup – an international competition for opera singers, is offering a bursary to cover travel expenses to the preliminary rounds of the competition for applicants from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. It is the intention of the organisers that the competition will be open to members of as broad a range of different ethnic groups as possible. Sky Arts is offering the bursary to members of BAME communities, as an under-represented group in the opera field.

Applications for The Glyndebourne Opera Cup, the inaugural edition of which will focus on the work of Mozart, open on 2 October 2017 and close on 25 November 2017.

The Glyndebourne Opera Cup is designed to discover and spotlight the best young singers from around the world. The overall winner will receive a top prize of £15,000 and the guarantee of a professional role within five years at one of the top international opera houses represented on the competition jury. A number of other prizes will also be awarded.

Sky Arts will broadcast the competition with a dedicated TV series, capturing every stage of the competition, from the early rounds in cities around the world to the finals.

Three preliminary rounds will take place in January 2018 in Philadelphia, London and Berlin. The latter stages of the competition take place on the main stage at Glyndebourne in March 2018 where the finalists will be accompanied by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Tickets to watch the Final and Semi-final are on sale now.

Any travel bursary awards are at the discretion of the organisers and will cover the travel expenses of applicants in attending the preliminary rounds. In the online application form, applicants will be given the opportunity (if they choose to do so) to identify their ethnicity and to indicate whether they wish to be considered for a financial award to cover these travel expenses.