Welcome to the Elizabeth Connell Prize International Singing Competition for Sopranos and Mezzo-sopranos.
Patrons: Richard Bonynge AC CBE, Dame Anne Evans DBE, Bernadette Cullen
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2023 Elizabeth Connell Prize
International Singing Competition
1. Age appropriate repertoire is highly recommended for this competition. Entrants must show the potential to the sing the more dramatic repertoire.
Important Information - 2023 Competition Dates
Application forms available now.
Entrants must read the Rules and Criteria before filling out the application form.
Entries Close: 19 March 2023
London Heat: 31 May, 2023
London Semi-Final: 1 June, 2023
Final Rehearsal: 2 June, 2023
London Final at Wigmore Hall: 3 June, 2023 at 1pm.
3 x £3,000 finalists prizes
Audience Prize: £500
Accompanist: Richard Black
Judges for the Final
Dame Anne Evans DBE - dramatic soprano
Peter Katona - Director of Casting, ROH Covent Garden London
Bernadette Cullen - dramatic mezzo soprano
Additional judges TBC
In past years, the competition has been held over 3 rounds. Video application, then live auditions throughout the world with five finalists flown to Sydney, Australia to compete in the Final. After two years of online competitions and the awarding of cash grants, in 2023 the Trustees have decided to hold the competition in London whilst airfares to Australia are impacted due to the ongoing pandemic.
Created from a legacy left by the South African soprano Elizabeth Connell, the competition is open to SOPRANOS & MEZZO SOPRANOS of all nationalities aged under 35. The competition is to financially assist female opera singers who show the potential to move into the more dramatic repertoire. Since 2014, the ECP has awarded AUD$384,000 in prize money.
Throughout the competition, judges have included Richard Bonynge, Simone Young, Dame Anne Evans, Christa Ludwig, Ruth Falcon, Dame Ann Murray, James Morris, Deborah Polaski, Jane Eaglen, Christine Goerke, Sharon Sweet, Bernadette Cullen, Glenn Winslade, Marilyn Richardson, Nance Grant, Brenda Hurley, Patricia Price, Jennifer McGregor and Fiona Janes.
Donations & Bequests
Donations of $2 or more are fully tax deductible and can be made via direct deposit or by cheque.
Cheques to: “The Elizabeth Connell Scholarship Fund” – P.O. Box 2692 Bowral NSW 2576 Australia.
Bank: ANZ Bank
Acct Name: The Elizabeth Connell Scholarship Fund
Acct No: 4079 37962
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Please ensure you state your name as a reference and email us at econnellprize@jsrbfoundation as to how you would like to receive you receipt.
Bequests can also be made to The Elizabeth Connell Scholarship Fund. We would love to acknowledge your bequest so do tell us.
We also value your privacy, therefore, fully understand if you would rather keep your bequest private.
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Trustees for the Elizabeth Connell Scholarship Fund
Michael Barnes, Elizabeth Corbett, Bernadette Cullen, Barbara de Rome, Fiona Janes
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