The previous winners were mezzo-soprano Anna Starushkevych (2013) and
soprano Galina Averina (2015). Bampton Classical Opera has a reputation for
its commitment to young talent and a number of singers who have appeared on
the Bampton stage have gone on to work with national companies such as The
Royal Opera, English National Opera and Opera North.
The first round of the Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition
2017 (closed sessions) will take place on 28 and 29 October in London. Six
singers will be selected for the public final, which will take place in the
Holywell Music Room, Oxford, on Sunday 19 November at 6pm. Judges for the
competition will be two renowned British singers: tenor Bonaventura Bottone
and mezzo-soprano Jean Rigby, as well as conductor and accompanist from the
Royal Opera House Paul Wynne Griffiths.
First prize £1,500 – Second prize £600. For the first time there will also
be a £500 Accompanists’ Prize.
The winner of the first Young Singers’ Competition in 2013 was Ukranian
mezzo-soprano Anna Starushkevych and British soprano Rosalind Coad was the
Since then Anna Starushkevych performed the role of Erato in Gluck’s
Il Parnaso confuso
and the title role in Bertoni’s Orfeo (UK premiËre) for Bampton Classical
Opera, both during summer 2014. In summer 2015 she sang the role of Ofelia
in Salieri’s La grotta di Trofonio, also for the company. She is one of the
soloists on the Resonus Classics CD of song cycles by Pavel Haas released
earlier this year, including the world premiËre recording of Fata Morgana.
She also sang the role of Matilda on Decca Classics’ recently released
recording of Handel’s Ottone.
Rosalind Coad was a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist from 2014-15 and sang a
number of roles for the company. She sang the role of Daughter in the
Bampton Classical Opera concert performance of Maurice Greene’s
in 2014. Other performances have included Gianetta ( L’elisir d’amore and Clotilde (Norma) for Opera Holland
In the Young Singers’ Competition 2015 Russian soprano Galina Averina won
first prize and Welsh soprano CÈline Forrest was the runner-up.
Since the competition Galina Averina sang the role of Atalanta (
) for English Touring Opera in 2016. Earlier this year she sang Pamina (The Magic Flute) for Mid Wales Opera, Oscar ( Un ballo in maschera) for West Green House Opera and took part in
the Mozart Residency at this year’s Aix-en-Provence Festival. She returns
to English Touring Opera this season as Iphise in the company’s new
and as Lauretta in the spring 2018 production of Gianni Schicchi.
CÈline Forrest studied at the National Opera Studio in 2015/2016. Her opera
training took her to Opera North and Welsh National Opera, where she worked
with Graham Vick and Elaine Kidd. Recently she covered the role of Jessica
in Welsh National Opera’s The Merchant of Venice by Tchaikowsky
and sang the role of Mina in Verdi’s Aroldo for UCOper
Tickets to the final are available:
By telephone: 01993 851142
By post: 1 Deanery Court, Broad Street, Bampton, Oxfordshire, OX18 2LY
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