Hurn Court Opera showcases some of the finest young singers in the country.

At the heart of our company is the belief that emerging artists, struggling to carve out careers, need high-quality, appropriately paid performance opportunities – and audiences to delight and enthuse!

We offer:

  • Exciting chances to experience the next generation of singers.

  • A mix of opera, recitals and public masterclasses, with singers supported by artists at the top of the profession.

  • Performances tailored to a range of innovative venues.

  • Orchestras comprising experienced professional players.

  • The Hurn Court Opera Singer of the Year Competitionthe final rounds of which are open to the public.


'An unexpected feast of top-drawer opera'   Will Frampton, Bournemouth Echo,

on Magic Flute, April 2019 

'...one of the most enjoyable nights at the opera I have ever experienced. Some of these singers were not just already fit for performance with an established company, they were among the better singers I have seen in their role.' 

Will Frampton, Bournemouth Echo, on Magic Flute, 2019. Click here for full review.

'...Two promising young singers on the threshold of glittering careers gave an outstanding recital... Both singers, already equipped with considerable experience in opera,  conveyed admirable poise, intelligent musicianship and flawless techniques.'

David Truslove, Opera Today, on A Shropshire Lad and a Wiltshire Lass, recital by Siân Dicker, soprano, Michael Lafferty, baritone and Ashley Beauchamp, piano, November 2019. Click here for full review.

It was with great regret that due to the Covid-19 outbreak we had to postpone the performances of Cosi scheduled for 7 and 9 April. We intend, however, to reschedule the opera as soon as is practicable. We have subsequently held an online masterclass led by renowned soprano Kate Royal, and you can hear HCO singers' lockdown performances by clicking on the button above. Plans are underway to adapt more of our activities for these changed circumstances -  do keep an eye on the website for announcements. Supporting young singers as best we can and enabling you to share in their work remain our top priorities. Thank you for your support of us, and we send our best wishes to you all.  

Lynton Atkinson, Artistic Director




National competition for singers aged between 20 and 28 years.

Prizes total over £4,500.

Applications from singers will open later this summer. Please keep an eye on this website, and for publicity circulated via conservatoires and Audition Oracle.

Preliminary rounds online. Semi-finals and finals venue and date to be advised -

we hope that this day can be open to the public. 


Ticket sales:

Andrew Foot

07717 570333



Artistic Director and enquiries from singers:

Lynton Atkinson

07855 957209


Supporters and general enquiries:

Rosie Clay

07951 078207


Hurn Court Opera Singer of the Year Competition:

Kaarina Manzur

07780 682316


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