Soprano Nikola Hillebrand wins the 50th John Christie Award

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Soprano Nikola Hillebrand is the 2015 recipient of the prestigious John Christie Award, it was announced on Sunday 30 August at the final performance of this year’s Glyndebourne Festival.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of this award which is an annual scholarship to fund private study. It has been awarded since 1965 by the Worshipful Company of Musicians to a young singer who has shown exceptional promise through their work at Glyndebourne.

22 year old Nikola Hillebrand made her Glyndebourne debut in 2015 covering the role of Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and went on stage for one performance. Nikola is currently studying at Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.

Past winners of the John Christie Award in the 2015 Festival include: Louise Alder [2014], Kate Royal [2004], Matthew Rose [2006], Allan Clayton [2008] and Duncan Rock [2010].