The Glyndebourne Opera Cup

The Glyndebourne Opera Cup Final

Join us in discovering the opera stars of tomorrow at the Final of The Glyndebourne Opera Cup – an international competition designed to discover the best young singers around the world.

Performance Dates

07 Sat, Mar 2020 4:30pm Sold Out
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Join us in discovering the opera stars of tomorrow at the Final of The Glyndebourne Opera Cup – an international competition designed to discover the best young singers around the world.

The Final will be the culmination of a long journey for the singers. Following preliminary rounds in Cape Town, Berlin, London, Milan, Paris, Vienna and New York, up to 20 ambitious young singers will go head-to-head on Glyndebourne’s main stage in the Semi-final. They’ll be demonstrating their skill with French 19th century repertoire and the works of Mozart and Rossini, vying for one of only six places in the Final. The winner will be selected by an illustrious international jury chaired by Glyndebourne’s Artistic Director Stephen Langridge.

The winner will receive a top prize of £15,000 and the guarantee of a professional role at a top international opera house.


Saturday 7 March 2020
4.30pm – 9.30pm
Announcement of Prizewinners: 9.00pm – 9.30pm
Tickets: central seats £50; side seats £40

The six finalists perform, accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, before the prize winners are announced. Make your own mark on history by voting in the Audience Award.

Tickets are also available for the Semi-Final on 4 March 2020

Horsted Place near Uckfield, Lewes and Glyndebourne is the Preferred Hotel of the 2020 Glyndebourne Cup and offers accommodation for stay during the competition.

Please check the Horsted Place website to check on accommodation.

The Glyndebourne Opera Cup 2020 – trailer


Interested in applying for a place in the Glyndebourne Opera Cup? Applications for singers open on 1 September 2019. To be eligible, applicants must be no younger than 21 and no older than 32 on 7 March 2020. We are dedicated to removing barriers to entry and Sky Arts bursaries are available to cover travel and accommodation.

The 2020 judging panel

Stephen Langridge, Artistic Director of Glyndebourne
Steven Naylor, Director of Artistic Administration, Glyndebourne
Joan Matabosch, Artistic Director, Teatro Real de Madrid
Michel Franck, General Director, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Shirley Thomson, Director and Head of Vocal, Harrison Parrott
Sumi Jo, soprano
Sir Thomas Allen, baritone
Dame Felicity Lott, soprano


First prize: £15,000 and the offer of a role in an opera staged by one of the companies represented on the Competition jury within five years.
Second prize: £10,000
Third prize: £7,500
The Ginette Theano Prize for Most Promising Talent: £5,000
Audience prize: £5,000

Acting as the competition’s honorary president is Dame Janet Baker, whose own early career was fostered by Glyndebourne. As well as presenting the prizes, she will adjudicate at the live Final.

Watch the Glyndebourne Opera Cup

The Final will be broadcast live on Sky Arts on 7 March 2020 and the series is produced by Factory Films.

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