Opera Prize Foundation Announces 2022 Scholarship Recipients

The Opera Awards Foundation announces its latest scholarship recipients today. Established by Harry Hyman in 2012 to help budding young artists reach their professional potential, the Opera Prize Foundation celebrates its 10th anniversary with increased donations as it responds to the many challenges faced by those who establish their career in opera.

The 19 winners represent young professionals from across the industry – 15 singers, 2 writers/directors, 1 conductor and 1 coach, representing 11 countries (Armenia, Australia, Denmark, France, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa & UK).

The recipients were selected for their professional potential, their financial needs as well as their motivation and determination to make a difference on the world stage of opera. The scholarships are funded by funds raised at the Foundation’s annual gala dinner and by donations from individuals and patrons.

Funding from the scholarship will be used to help recipients meet a variety of expenses as they develop their careers, such as travel and living expenses, course fees, promotional materials, and coaching sessions. professional. In addition to financial assistance, scholarship recipients benefit from the advice and guidance of the International Opera Awards team and its international network.

The Opera Awards Foundation regularly organizes and hosts recitals, masterclasses and other events for its Fellows, giving them exposure to some of the industry’s top professionals.

In addition to its annual grants, the Opera Awards Foundation responded to the global pandemic by establishing the Artist Hardship Fund to provide emergency grants to artists facing the financial crisis and bringing opera to new audiences with Sing !, a program for schools to inspire and engage with students with the power of the human voice and opera.

Harry Hyman, Chairman of the International Opera Awards, said:

“I am very proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Opera Prize Foundation scholarships. In the ten years of supporting artists through the Foundation, our work seems more important than ever as they develop their careers in this post-pandemic world. It is always with great pride that I look back on past scholarship recipients, not only to see them perform on some of the world’s biggest stages, but to witness the positive impact they’ve had on the opera stage in general – and I look forward to seeing the accomplishments of this year’s recipients as they progress through their careers.”

Mezzo-soprano Georgia Mae Bishop, one of this year’s laureates, said:

“This support from the Opera Awards comes at a crucial time in my development as a young singer. Dramatic voices require many years of training with specialist voice teachers, coaches and singers of this extremely demanding repertoire. The Opportunity to study intensely for three weeks with Dolora Zajick and the eminent faculty of the “Institute of Young Dramatic Voices” has been the most inspiring and instructive experience of my opera training. The course takes place in Reno , Nevada, so I am extremely grateful to the Opera Awards for their support in the expensive travel arrangements I had to make. Thank you!”

Former Fellows have performed at world-renowned venues such as the Royal Opera House, Metropolitan Opera, Hungarian State Opera, Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Opera Holland Park, among others , and have become members of some of the most prestigious young artist programs in the world, including the Opernhaus Zürich International Opera Studio, the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artists, the National Opera Studio, the English National Opera Harewood Artists and the Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project.

Previous scholarship recipients can be found on the International Opera Awards website.

The Foundation invites applications for scholarships each year and these are reviewed by a panel of specialists.

The International Opera Awards celebrate excellence in opera around the world with their annual awards ceremony – details of the 2022 International Opera Awards will be announced shortly. The International Opera Awards also generate funds for Opera Awards Foundation scholarships.

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