Talent development

The Glyndebourne Opera Cup

An international competition for opera singers.

The Glyndebourne Opera Cup – an international competition for opera singers – is designed to discover and spotlight the best young singers from around the world.

The Glyndebourne Opera Cup returned in 2020 with a renewed commitment to finding diverse singers of the future. The competition offered a top prize of £15,000 and a guaranteed role at a leading international opera house.

The final was broadcast live on Sky Arts on 7 March 2020 and the series was produced by Factory Films.

The 2020 competition

The Glyndebourne Opera Cup 2020 has come to an end!

Take a look back at the competition and hear from the prize winners about what they’re doing to celebrate:

The full list of 2020 prize winners:

First prize (£15,000) Edward Nelson, baritone (31, USA)
Second prize (£10,000) Alexandra Lowe, soprano (28, UK)
Third prize (£7,500) Eric Ferring, tenor (27, USA)
The audience prize (£5,000) Meigui Zhang, soprano (26, China)
The Ginette Theano Prize for Most Promising Talent (£5,000) Siphokazi Molteno, mezzo-soprano (27, South Africa)
The Glyndebourne Youth Jury prize (£1,000) Sungho Kim, tenor (29, South Korea)

The 2018 competition

Take a look back at the journey of the finalists and relive the excitement of our first ever international singing competition.

The full list of 2018 prize winners:

Overall winner (£15,000) – Samantha Hankey
Second place (£10,000) – Jacquelyn Stucker
Third place (£7,500) – Elbenita Kajtazi
Ginette Theano prize for most promising talent (£5,000) – Emily Pogorelc
Media prize (£5,000) (adjudicated by a media panel) – Samantha Hankey
Audience prize (£5,000) – Elbenita Kajtazi

The 2018 winner, American mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey, went on to make her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2018 and three of the finalists will perform at Glyndebourne in 2019 and 2020.

The inaugural Glyndebourne Opera Cup in 2018 was shortlisted for a Royal Television Society Award.


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