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    Join us in discovering the opera stars of tomorrow at the Semi-final of The Glyndebourne Opera Cup – an international competition for opera singers.

    Tickets are available to the Semi-final and the Final which take place on the Glyndebourne main stage.

    Following an open call for applications, selected singers will attend preliminary rounds in locations around the world. They will be whittled down to the final 25 semi-finalists, ready to face the judging panel on the Glyndebourne stage and only 10 will progress to the Final.

    Each instalment of this biennial competition will focus on the work of one great operatic composer, starting with Mozart.

    The winner will receive a top prize of £15,000 and the guarantee of a professional role at one of the top international opera houses. The competition offers prizes for second place (£10,000) and third place (£7,500), along with an Audience Award and a The Ginette Theano Prize for Most Promising Talent and Media prize (£5,000 each).

    Semi-final

    Thursday 22 March 2018, 11.00am – 9.00pm
    Tickets: central seats £20; side seats £10

    25 semi-finalists perform with piano accompaniment, before the jury select the 2018 finalists.

    Horsted Place near Uckfield, Lewes and Glyndebourne is the Preferred Hotel of the 2018 Glyndebourne Cup and offers accommodation for stay during the competition.

    Please check the Horsted Place website to check on accommodation.


    Watch the Glyndebourne Opera Cup

    This exciting competition will be televised in a dedicated TV series on Sky Arts, Glyndebourne’s official UK broadcast partner for this competition. The series will be presented by Chris Addison and Danielle de Niese. International viewers will be able to watch the on Medici.tv

    Watch on Sky Arts in the UK

    Part 1 Thursday 22 March, 8.00pm-9.00pm

    Part 2 – Semi-Final Friday 23 March, 9.00pm-11.00pm

    Part 3 – Live Final Saturday 24 March, 5.30pm–9.00pm

    More info


    Watch on Medici.tv outside the UK

    Semi-Final, Friday 23 March, ​9​.00pm GMT
    Final, Saturday 24 March, ​5​.30pm GMT

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    The 2018 judging panel

    • Sebastian F. Schwarz (Chair)
    • Barrie Kosky, Artistic Director, Komische Oper Berlin
    • David Devan, General Director and President, Opera Philadelphia
    • Joan Matabosch, Artistic Director, Teatro Real de Madrid
    • Sophie de Lint, Artistic Director, Zurich Opera and Director designate of Dutch National Opera
    • Fortunato Ortombina, Intendant and Artistic Director, Teatro La Fenice, Venice
    • Pål Christian Moe, Casting Consultant for Glyndebourne and Bayerische Staatsoper Munich
    • Maria Mot, Associate Director, Vocal & Opera, Intermusica
    • Dame Janet Baker (Live Final only)

    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.


    The Glyndebourne Opera Cup is supported through investment from Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme which invests significantly in developing new audiences and artists of the future.

  • Running order


    • + Group 1: 11.00am – 1.00pm
        Jorge Espino Baritone
        Hai già vinta la causa Le nozze di Figaro
        Ho capito Don Giovanni
        Ben-San Lau Piano
        Eléonore Pancrazi Mezzo-Soprano
        Dunque sperar poss’io… Il tenero momento Lucio Silla
        Va pure ad altri in braccio La finta giardiniera
        Matthew Fletcher Piano
        Anita Giovanna Rosati Soprano
        Chi vuol godere il mondo La finta giardiniera
        Bester Jüngling Die Schauspieldirektor
        Ashok Gupta Piano
        Jake Muffett Baritone
        Deh, vieni alla finestra Don Giovanni
        Papagena! Papagena! Papagena! Die Zauberflöte
        Matthew Fletcher Piano
        Gemma Summerfield Soprano
        Ach, ich fühl’s Die Zauberflöte
        Temerari! … Come scoglio Così fan tutte
        Ashok Gupta Piano
    • LUNCH 1.00 – 2.00pm

    • + Group 2: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
        Mirjam Mesak Soprano
        Deh vieni, non tardar Le nozze di Figaro
        Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben Zaide
        Ben-San Lau Piano
        Jack Swanson Tenor
        Ich baue ganz auf deine Stärke Die Entführung aus dem Serail
        Un’aura amorosa Così fan tutte
        Ben-San Lau Piano
        Gemma Ní Bhriain Mezzo-Soprano
        Tu fosti tradito La clemenza di Tito
        Ah scostati! Smanie implacabili Così fan tutte
        Ben-San Lau Piano
        Dmytro Kalmuchyn Baritone
        Hai già vinta la causa Le nozze di Figaro
        Papagena! Papagena! Papagena! Die Zauberflöte
        Matthew Fletcher Piano
        Jacquelyn Stucker Soprano
        Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben Zaide
        Padre, germani, addio Idomeneo
        Matthew Fletcher Piano
        If applicable, singers from the fourth round on 20 March will sing here.
    • BREAK 3.30 – 3.50pm

    • + Group 3: 3.50pm – 5.20pm
        Aurora Marthens Soprano
        Geme la tortorella La finta giardiniera
        Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben Zaide
        Ashok Gupta Piano
        Carl Rumstadt Baritone
        Con un vezzo all’Italiana La finta giardiniera
        Fin ch’han dal vino Don Giovanni
        Ashok Gupta Piano
        Alexandra Nowakowski Soprano
        O zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn Die Zauberflöte
        In un istante… Parto m’affretto Lucio Silla
        Ashok Gupta Piano
        Emily Pogorelc Soprano
        Deh vieni, non tardar Le nozze di Figaro
        In faccia all’oggetto Mitridate, re di Ponto
        Ben-San Lau Piano
        Cody Quattlebaum Bass-Baritone
        Bravo, signor padrone … Se vuol ballare Le nozze di Figaro
        Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo Così fan tutte
        Ben-San Lau Piano
        Adriana Gonzalez Soprano
        Mi tradì quell’alma ingrata Don Giovanni
        Ach, ich fühl’s Die Zauberflöte
        Ben-San Lau Piano
    • BREAK 5.20pm – 5.40pm

    • + Group 4: 5.40pm – 7.10pm
        Elbenita Kajtazi Soprano
        Zeffiretti lusinghieri Idomeneo
        Ach, ich fühl’s Die Zauberflöte
        Matthew Fletcher Piano
        Charles Sy Tenor
        Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön Die Zauberflöte
        Il mio tesoro Don Giovanni
        Matthew Fletcher Piano
        Francesca Chiejina Soprano
        Zeffiretti lusinghieri Idomeneo
        Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro Le nozze di Figaro
        Matthew Fletcher Piano
        Hubert Zapiór Baritone
        Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo Così fan tutte
        Con un vezzo all’Italiana La finta giardiniera
        Ashok Gupta Piano
        Samantha Hankey Mezzo-Soprano
        Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio Le nozze di Figaro
        Ah scostati! Smanie implacabili Così fan tutte
        Ashok Gupta Piano

    INTERVAL AND JURY VOTING 7.10pm – 8.10pm

    ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINALISTS 8.10 – 8.40pm