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Glyndebourne Opera Cup 2020 semi-finalists announced

Find out more about the singers who will be taking to the Glyndebourne stage to compete for the Opera Cup in March 2020.

The semi-finalists for the 2020 Glyndebourne Opera Cup have been announced. 

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

Evgenia Asanova
25, mezzo-soprano (Russia)
Maria Chabounia
28, soprano (Belarus)
Federica Di Trapani
31, soprano (Italy)
Valerie Eickhoff
23, mezzo-soprano (Germany)
Eric Ferring
27, tenor (USA)
Jessica Harper
29, soprano (Australia)
Maya Kherani
31, soprano (USA)
Sungho Kim
29, tenor (South Korea)
Miriam Luisa Kutrowatz
22, soprano (Austria)
Alexandra Lowe
28, soprano (UK)
Lauren Margison
27, soprano (Canada)
Timothy Murray
27, baritone (USA)
John Matthew Myers
31, tenor (USA)
Edward Nelson
31, baritone (USA)
Gabriel Rollinson
27, bass-baritone (Germany/USA)
Dominic Sedgwick
29, baritone (UK)
Olga Syniakova
31, mezzo-soprano (Ukraine)
Johanna Wallroth
26, soprano (Sweden)
Meigui Zhang
26, soprano (China)

Tickets are available now for the semi-final at Glyndebourne

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