Peter Kellner announced as winner of 2018 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Voice Fellowship

The following evening, on Friday 6 October, IO presented its inaugural
Voice Scholars’ recital, its response to the needs of the artists it has
supported since 2005. Recognising the importance of professional experience
as well as training, IO’s five 2016-17 Voice Scholars – sopranos Samantha
Clarke, Charlie Drummond and Nika Gori?; and mezzo-sopranos Katie Coventry
and Jade Moffat – whose IO scholarships provided them with £5000 towards
their final year of study, additionally received professional mentoring
from IO’s Creative Director Natalie Murray Beale. The singers were
accompanied by James Baillieu who worked previously with two Wigmore
Hall/IO Voice Fellows.

Preceding the recital, IO announced two major initiatives for 2019:
sponsorship of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and a new
commission from composer Joby Talbot. The new commission takes its
inspiration from Queen Victoria’s diamond and sapphire coronet designed for
her by Prince Albert, and acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum thanks
to a generous gift from William and Judith Bollinger. In 2019, the coronet
will be the centre-piece of the newly-refreshed William and Judith
Bollinger Jewellery Gallery, one of the finest and most comprehensive
collections in the world. Joby Talbot’s oratorio will also receive its
premiËre in 2019. IO’s relationship with the Wigmore Hall dates back 10
years to its first Wigmore Hall/IO Voice Fellowship awarded to baritone
Matthew Rose. He was selected from amongst the participants of the biennial
Wigmore Hall International Song Competition formerly supported by the Kohn
Foundation (1997-2017), and auditioned by IO’s Creative Director Natalie
Murray Beale. Subsequent Wigmore Hall/IO Voice Fellowships have been
awarded to GaÎlle Arquez, Clara Mouriz, Dominik Kˆninger, Anna Huntley and
James Newby.

Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells was founded in 2005 to support
outstanding young artists in every discipline of opera. Seeing the need to
bridge the gap between raw talent and a professional career, co-founders
William and Judith Bollinger, together with Alessandro Talevi, devised a
series of initiatives to support young and talented artists. IO mounted its
first production – Rossini’s La Scala di Seta – directed by Alessandro
Talevi, within the year and, two years later, launched its comprehensive
Artist Support scheme. To date IO Artist Support has provided professional
mentoring support together with funds worth more than £750,000 to 110
artists in the fields of singing, directing, design, choreography and
production. William and Judith Bollinger were recognised as Philanthropists
of the Year at the 2016 International Opera Awards.

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