A cheap way to hire singing talent?

A cheap way to hire singing talent?


norman lebrecht

May 02, 2017

Glyndebourne has announced a  2018 singing competition with a top prize of £15,000.

The judges will be intendants of leading opera houses: Barrie Kosky (Komische Oper Berlin), Sophie de Lint (Dutch National Opera), David Devan (Opera Philadelphia), Joan Matabosch (Teatro Real de Madrid), Pål Christian Moe (casting consultant for Bayerische Staatsoper and Glyndebourne) and Fortunato Ortombina (Teatro La Fenice).

Normally these worthies would identify talent in auditions at their own houses. This competition now concentrates the process in a single venue.

Good for directors. Not so good for singers?