Meet the Glyndebourne Opera Cup 2020 semi-finalists
Find out more about the singers who will be taking to the Glyndebourne stage to compete for the Opera Cup in March 2020.
Glyndebourne’s international search for the next big opera star attracted over 200 entrants from 39 different countries. Following preliminary heats, 19 singers aged 22-31 have been invited to take part in the semi-final at Glyndebourne on 4 March.
They will compete for one of six places in the Opera Cup final on 7 March, which will once again be broadcast live on Sky Arts, presented by comedian and writer Chris Addison and international soprano Danielle de Niese.
The overall winner will receive £15,000 and the guarantee of a role within five years at one of the top opera houses represented by the competition jury.
Thirteen nationalities are represented among the semi-finalists, who have a variety of backgrounds and interests. British soprano Alexandra Lowe was born in Mallorca and used to busk on the streets of Blackpool to help fund her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, while Swedish soprano Johanna Wallroth trained as a ballet dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet School before deciding to focus on opera. American soprano Maya Kherani holds a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Canadian soprano Lauren Margison has also performed as part of an all female jazz/pop group called The Real Divas.
The semi-finalists are listed below. (Further auditions will take place in the coming weeks for a small number of contestants who qualified for the competition but were unable to attend one of the preliminary rounds, so one or two new names may be added to this list.)
The 2020 semi-finalists
Federica Di Trapani
Miriam Luisa Kutrowatz
Lauren is a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio and is the youngest finalist to appear in the prestigious Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Vocal Competition. A versatile soprano, she has performed extensively internationally and has won both the George London Competition and Ruby Mercer Award. Performance highlights include Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Highlands Opera Studio and in concert with the PRISMA Festival in Strauss’ Four Last Songs. This season, Lauren will be seen as Micaëla in Pacific Opera Victoria’s Carmen and the Sandman/Dew Fairy cover in Hansel and Gretel at the Canadian Opera Company. At the semi-final she will be performing ‘Ei parte… Per pietà‘ from Così fan tutte’ and ‘Que vois-ja là? Je ris de me voir si belle‘ (Jewel Song) from Faust.
This season Timothy sings Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and then joins San Francisco Opera as a member of the Adler Fellowship Program. As a 2019 Merola Opera Program participant he performed the role of Paul in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s opera If I Were You and finished out the summer on the War Memorial Opera House stage singing the title role in a scene from Thomas’ Hamlet as part of the Merola Grand Finale. At the semi-final he will be performing ‘Hai già vinta la causa!… Vedrò mentr’io sospiro‘ from Le nozze di Figaro and ‘Ô vin, dissipe la tristesse‘ Hamlet.
John Matthew Myers
In the 2019-20 season Edward debuts at Vancouver Opera as Figaro in The Barber of Seville and at the Opera Theatre of St Louis as Dr Falke in Die Fledermaus. Recently, he made an acclaimed European debut at Norwegian National Opera as Pelléas in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, a role he later sang with Ópera de Oviedo and covered at the Glyndebourne Festival. As a graduate of the Adler Fellowship at San Francisco Opera, making over 70 main stage appearances, his roles included Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Bosun in Billy Budd and Moralès in Carmen. At the semi-final he will be performing ‘L’orage s’est calmé… Ô Nadir, tendre ami‘ from Les pêcheurs de perles and ‘Largo al factotum‘ from Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Gabriel studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. He is currently continuing his studies at Theaterakademie August Everding. He has appeared in many concerts and festivals, such as the Eppaner Liedsommer, the Bodenseefestival, the Heidelberger Frühling Festival, and the George Enescu Festival. He has also worked with conductors Lothar Zagrosek, Clemens Schuldt, Otto Tausk and Marcus Bosch. This 2019-20 season Gabriel sang with the Münchner Rundfunk under Ivan Repušić in Verdi’s Attila and he will be performing at the Prinzregententheater in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Bottom and at Bregenzer Festspiele as Idreno in Armida. At the semi-final he will be performing ‘Eh consolatevi… Madamina, il catalogo è questo‘ from Don Giovanni and ‘Là del ciel nell’arcano profondo‘ from La Cenerentola.
Dominic is a recent alumnus of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House and is a ‘Rising Star of the Enlightenment’ at the OAE for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. For ROH his roles have included Marullo in Rigoletto, Moralès and Dancaïre in Carmen, Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd, Kuligin in Katya Kabanova and the English Clerk in Death in Venice. Further engagements for the upcoming season include Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with the OAE, She Described it to Death at the ROH Linbury and his debut with The Grange Festival as Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At the semi-final he will be performing ‘Come un’ape ne’ giorni d’aprile‘ and La Cenerentola ‘Hai già vinta la causa!… Vedrò mentr’io sospiro‘ from Le nozze di Figaro.
Olga is a graduate of the Dnipropetrovsk Academy of Music in Ukraine, where she performed her debut role as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro at the Dnipro Opera House. Olga received ‘Best Mezzo-Soprano’ for the 2018-19 season from Palau de les Arts in Valencia, where she performed Alise in Lucia di Lammermoor. In 2019 Olga was also seen as Anfinomo in Il ritorno d’Ulisse at The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. She is an esteemed finalist of the International Belcanto Vincenzo Bellini competition and notably has performed in Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle at Musikfest Bremen. This season, Olga will be appearing at Maryland Lyric Opera as both La Frugola in Il tabarro and Zita in Gianni Schicchi. At the semi-final she will be performing ‘Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio‘ from La clemenza di Tito and ‘Werther, Werther‘ (Air des lettres) from Werther.