Inaugurated in 2018, the Hurn Court Opera Singer of the Year 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. Details of previous competitions, including lists of prizewinners, can be found  here: 2018 Report and 2019 Report.


It is with deep regret that, owing to rising coronavirus cases and tightening restrictions, we have had to take the sad decision to cancel the semi-finals and finals of this year's competition, scheduled for 15 November at Merley House, Wimborne, Dorset. 


From a record 114 entries this year, eight excellent semi-finalists (below) had been chosen via online submissions. Thanks to the generosity of our prize donors Nigel Beale, Rosalind Armstrong, Roger Higgins, Anthony Lowrey and Helen Nott, and drawing on HCO funds, we have been able to offer each of them an ex-gratia payment, plus other opportunities through HCO. We hope that this in some way compensates for the cancellation of this year's final rounds, and that it will not be too long before we can bring these talented young artists to our audiences.













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