The Glyndebourne Opera Cup Application (2017-18)

This application closed on Monday November 27, 2017.

Applications close at 8am GMT 28 November (midnight PST on 27 November 2017)

The Glyndebourne Opera Cup

Glyndebourne’s inaugural international singing competition for opera singers.

The biennial competition will focus on the work of one great operatic composer each time it is held. The inaugural competition, culminating in March 2018 will focus on the operas of Mozart.

The competition is open to singers of any nationality resident anywhere in the world and is intended for singers in the early stages of their professional career who are ready to perform on the opera stage.

In addition to the prize money and professional exposure, competitors can increase their public profile through a dedicated TV series on Sky Arts, the Glyndebourne Opera Cup’s official UK broadcast partner.

Find out more about The Glyndebourne Opera Cup on the Glyndebourne website.

Before completing the application form please ensure you have read and understood the competition rules and release form.

Please contact Emily Murray at with any questions regarding this application. For technical help, please contact

Personal Information

Applicants must be born between 25/03/1989 and 24/03/1997. Proof of age will be required.
Applicants must not have any unspent criminal convictions (other than minor motoring offences for which a prison sentence cannot be imposed).

Number of selections required: 1.

Contact Information

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Glyndebourne requires that your references submit their letters of recommendation online. For details on how this method works, please review this FAQ.

Number required: 2. Allowed method(s): Online.

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Additional Materials

(Word Doc or PDF, no word limit) Number of documents required: 1.
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Video Recordings

As part of your application you must supply the video recordings of TWO Mozart operatic arias. Each aria must be submitted as a separate video file. Videos must be clearly labelled with the name of the applicant and date of recording. Arias must be in the original language in which they were written. Only live piano or orchestral accompaniment is acceptable. The video must be of excellent technical quality. The applicant’s face must be clearly visible throughout the recording. Video recordings must have been made during 2017. Staged operatic performances are not acceptable. A filmed concert with piano or orchestral accompaniment is acceptable.

Number of selections required: 2.

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Audition Location

There will be preliminary rounds in Philadelphia, Berlin and London. For the latest information on the dates and venues for the preliminary rounds check here.
Please give your preferred first and second choice location to attend *

Travel bursary for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities

It is the intention of the organisers that the Competition will be open to members of as broad a range of different ethnic groups as possible. The bursary is being offered to encourage people from a BAME background to apply for entry into the Competition. Any awards are at the discretion of the organisers and awards will only cover the travel expenses of applicants in attending the Preliminary Rounds. If you would like to be apply for financial award to cover travel expenses please complete the questions below.
Please note that we have a very limited number of bursaries and submission of an application should not be considered a guarantee that you will receive a bursary.

Maximum number of selections permitted: 1
Please provide a short statement stating why you would like to be considered for the travel bursary (Max 500 words) Maximum number of documents permitted: 1
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Terms and conditions

The Competition is to be filmed by Factory Films Limited, who have been commissioned by the Opera Cup’s official UK broadcast partner, Sky Arts, to make a dedicated TV series about the Competition. By applying to take part in the Competition, all applicants agree to participate in the filming and in any promotional activities concerning the Competition and to accept the terms and conditions of the Glyndebourne Opera Cup Release Form. All applicants must acknowledge and accept that the confirmations in the Release Form shall be given by them for the benefit of Sky Arts and Factory Films Limited, as well as of Glyndebourne itself.

Number of selections required: 1.
Glyndebourne is committed to protecting the privacy of all applicants. Glyndebourne will only use information about applicants lawfully, in accordance with its legal obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 and other relevant legislation and regulations. All information submitted by applicants in connection with their applications will be held and dealt with by Glyndebourne in accordance with its Privacy Policy in force from time to time. A copy of that Privacy Policy is available at: By applying to enter the Competition applicants agree that any personal information provided by them may be held and used by Glyndebourne or its agents for the purposes of administering the Competition only.

Number of selections required: 1.

Payment Details

Please note: all application fees are non-refundable.