One of the key aims of the International Opera Awards is to support aspiring talent in opera by raising funds for the Opera Awards Foundation, which awards annual bursaries.

We're delighted to announce that in 2016, the Opera Awards Foundation bursary recipients are:
  • Mark Austin, conductor (website)
  • Laïla Barnat, French coach, répétiteur & accompanist (website)
  • Peter Brathwaite, baritone (website) supported by Julia Smithies
  • Eve Daniell, soprano 
  • Helios Collective (website)
  • Oliver Johnston, tenor 
  • Hannah Kendall, composer (website)
  • Harry Ogg, conductor (website)
  • Joseph Padfield, bass baritone (website)
  • Isolde Roxby, soprano (website) supported by Jeremy Scott
  • Katie Stevenson, mezzo soprano (website)
  • Nozuko Teto, soprano
We congratulate all our recipients, and look forward to introducing these exciting talents to our supporters over the coming months.

If you would like to support the work of the Opera Awards Foundation, there are several ways you can help. Donations can be made via our JustGiving page, and we are also a registered Good Cause with EasyFundraising, which allows you raise funds for us just by shopping online. You can also make a purchase from our collection of opera-inspired silk scarves, or book for our upcoming recital at 1901 Arts Club.

All funds raised for the Foundation ensure that we can continue to foster the next generation of operatic talent. 

We thank you for your support and look forward to welcoming you at one of our events soon.

International Opera Awards Winners at the 2016 BBC Proms

A number of International Opera Awards winners feature in this year's BBC Proms. Here's our round up of highlights.

  • 2016 Festival of the Year Glyndebourne brings its production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia to the Albert Hall, with a cast including past IOA finalists Danielle De Niese and Alessandro Corbelli.
  • Tenor Gregory Kunde is a soloist in Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with the Hallé conducted by Sir Mark Elder (Conductor of the Year finalist, 2014). 
  • 2014 Male Singer of the Year Stuart Skelton joins 2016 Conductor of the Year Gianandrea Noseda for Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.
  • 2015 Conductor of the Year Semyon Bychkov conducts a programme including Wagner's Wesendonck-Lieder and the UK premiere of Thomas Larcher's Symphony No. 2.
  • Opera Rara, winners in 2015 and 2016 of the CD (Complete Opera) award, perform Rossini's Semiramide. Sir Mark Elder conducts.
  • Forces from The Royal Opera, led by inaugural Conductor of the Year Sir Antonio Pappano perform Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, with Bryn Terfel in the title role.


Applications are now open for 2016 Opera Awards Foundation bursaries.


Applications are invited from aspiring artists from all walks of life who need further training or other assistance in the development of their careers in opera. 
This includes, but is not limited to, singers, conductors and répétiteurs, and those operating in associated professions, including directors and set-, costume- and lighting-designers.
There are no restrictions on age or nationality. 


Click here to download an application form (Word format). Please contact us (0207 104 2057 / info@operaawards.org) if you require this form in a different format.

All completed applications should be accompanied by a CV (1 A4 page) and supporting letters from two referees.

Applications may be submitted via email to info@operaawards.org or via post to:

Sarah Noble
The International Opera Awards
5th Floor, Greener House
66-68 Haymarket


Applications for 2016 bursaries close on Friday 26th August, 2016. All completed applications must reach the Foundation by this date in order to be considered by the trustees.

If you have any further questions regarding the application process, please contact Sarah Noble (0207 104 2057 / sarah.noble@operaawards.org)

Image: Gyula Rab, 2015 Bursary recipient

On Sunday 15 May 2016 at The Savoy Theatre, London, the winners of the International Opera Awards were announced in a ceremony hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny. 

Opera stars and supporters gathered for an evening celebrating excellence in opera, as well as raising funds for the Opera Awards Foundation – a trust which aims to help those at the start of their opera careers. 

Live performances on the night came from Readers’ Award winner Ermonela Jaho, Male Singer winner Gregory Kunde and winner of the CD Operatic Recital award Ann Hallenberg, all accompanied by Roger Vignoles on a piano kindly provided by Markson Pianos. Also performing was past winner Anna Bonitatibus singing Garcia’s "Già il perfido discese … Al mio pregar t’arrendi" from Semiramis. Kate Howden (mezzo soprano) and William Morgan (tenor), both 2016 National Opera Studio Young Artists, performed ‘Un soave non so che’ from Rossini’s La Cenerentola, accompanied by Ben-San Lau. 

The International Opera Awards, in association with Opera Magazine is sponsored by The Nexus Group.


Victoria Rees: The 2016 Opera Awards Collection

The International Opera Awards is delighted to announce its latest artistic collaboration, a collection of bespoke operatic scarves and stoles designed by artist Victoria Rees. 

In line with the operatic theme, these stunning garments have been modelled by two rising young stars, soprano Soraya Mafi and baritone Peter Brathwaite and photographed by Minjas Zugik, renowned for his images of opera singers.

Shop the collection here.

Photography by Minjas Zugik