Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition 2019

The previous winners were mezzo-soprano Anna Starushkevych (2013), sopranoGalina Averina (2015) and mezzo-soprano Emma Stannard (2017). In 2017 an Accompanists’ Prize was
introduced, and the first winner was Keval Shah. 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 2019 (closed
sessions) will take place on 5 and 6 October in London.

The public final will take place in the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, on
Sunday 17 November at 6pm.

This is always an entertaining and thrilling event, and a chance to hear
some remarkable performances. Judges for the competition include two
internationally renowned British singers: tenor Bonaventura Bottone and mezzo-soprano Jean Rigby. Bampton is delighted to announce they are
joined this year by the esteemed accompanist and conductor Phillip Thomas, who was a vocal coach and rÈpÈtiteur at
English National Opera, and the official accompanist to the BBC Cardiff
Singer of the World for many years.

There will be a fund-raising reception for this year’s
Young Singers’ Competition on 26 March at the Caledonian Club, Halkin Street, London SW1
. Bampton Classical Opera is honoured that Benjamin Hulett, one of the first young singers to perform
with the Company, who now has an international career at the highest level,
will launch this year’s competition, talk about his career and give a short
recital. He will also be commemorating his 20th year as a professional
performer. Benjamin first performed for the Company in 2000 in Stephen
Storace’s Comedy of Errors, which is very apt as this year Bampton
is staging Storace’s other Viennese opera Bride and Gloom.
Benjamin commented: “

Bampton Classical Opera is a brilliant company who work with a lot of
rising stars, often spotting them before anyone else, and their
performances are excellent


Tickets, including champagne, canapÈs and a ticket to the November final
are £60 and will provide all-important support to the competition. For
tickets to the fund-raising reception on 26 March contact Anthony Hall,
Administrator, Bampton Classical Opera (

Competitors for the Young Singers’ Competition 2019 can apply by
downloading an application form and information document from the company’s
website –

or on request by emailing
Applications open on 1 March, 2019 and close on 31 July.

First (Closed) Round:

Venue: tbc, London

Date: Saturday 5 and/or Sunday 6 October

Final (Public) Round

Venue: Holywell Music Room, Oxford

Date/Time: Sunday 17 November, 6pm

First prize £1,500 – Second prize £600

There will also be a £500 Accompanists’ Prize.

Previous Winners and Runners-up


Winner: Anna Starushkevych (mezzo-soprano)

Runner-up: Rosalind Coad (soprano)


Winner: Galina Averina (soprano)

Runner-up: CÈline Forrest (soprano)


Winner: Emma Stannard (mezzo-soprano)

Runner-up: Wagner Moreira (tenor)

Accompanists’ Prize: Keval Shah

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