2019.07.07 Hurn Court Opera

Hurn Court Opera

Singing Competition 2019

Kimmeridge Theatre, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University

Sunday 07 July – 11am Semi-Finals, 4pm Finals


Dr Claire Rutter (Chair), international soprano

Roderick Kennedy – Artistic Director,Dorset Opera Festival

Sir Simon Keenlyside – international baritone



Inaugurated in January 2018, the Hurn Court Opera Singing Competition provides an important platform for young vocal talent. It also provides a key to future performance opportunities with HCO, and offers the chance to develop over a period of time under the supporting wing of the professionals associated with the company.

  • Nigel Beale First Prize        – £1000    Winner – Milly Forrest

  • Rosalind Armstrong Second Prize – £500  Winner – Alexander Simpson

  • Roger Higgins Third Prize – £300     Winner – Olivia Boen

  • Roger Higgins Fourth Prize – £200    Winner – Irene Hoogveld

  • Tony Lowrey Audience Prize – £350   Winner – Alexander Simpson

  • Wendy Blamire Award*          – £300    Winner – Milly Forrest

*The Wendy Blamire Award is given for outstanding linguistic and artistic commitment to text in at least two European languages other than English. The award will be made at the judges’ discretion after either the semi-finals or finals. If no performance is judged of sufficient merit in a given year, the award will not be made.

The winner of the First Prize will be invited to perform with Hurn Court Opera and all competitors may be considered by the Artistic Director for future performance opportunities.

Semi-finals and finals 

Sunday 7 July 2019 at the Kimmeridge Theatre, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University, BH12 5BB before a public audience.

Semi-finals 11.00am; finals 4.00pm.

​Following preliminary rounds in London on 25 and 26 May, we’re delighted to announce the eight semi-finalists:

​Lucy Anderson, soprano

Olivia Boen, soprano

Arthur Bruce, baritone

Milly Forrest, soprano

Irene Hoogveld, soprano

Konrad Jaromin, bass-baritone

Clover Kayne, mezzo-soprano

Alexander Simpson, counter-tenor

​In the semi-final, singers will perform one operatic aria and two songs. The jury will select four finalists, who will each perform a 20-minute programme in the final starting at 4.00pm.

More information about the competition

More information about Hurn Court Opera

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