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. Meanwhile we are delighted to welcome Kate Royal to lead this year's John Seldon Masterclass by zoom on 30 June, details below. Plus 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





Tuesday, 30 June, 4.00pm

Access by zoom, details below

We're delighted to welcome internationally renowned soprano Kate Royal to lead this year's John Seldon Masterclass. Kate has very kindly agreed to work with three HCO young singers and to take part in a following Q&A session.   

Due to current restrictions on gatherings, the masterclass will be held using zoom. This of course presents a great opportunity for many more people to join us, wherever you're based.


To request login information, please click here.

There is no charge but places are limited. We'll be giving preference to Friends of HCO, mailing list members, then others in order of application. 


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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