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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2024 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.
2023 Elizabeth Connell Prize Winners Announced
L-R: Claire Barnett-Jones (3rd), Sonja Herranen (1st), Inna Husieva (2nd and Audience Prize).
Relive this year's Final from Wigmore Hall here: 2023 Elizabeth Connell Prize Final
Competition Programme pdf
1st: Sonja Herranen - Finland
2nd: Inna Husieva - Ukraine
3rd: Claire Barnett-Jones - England
Finalist Prizes: Menna Cazel - Wales/Germany
Anna Erokhina - Ukraine/Russia
Felicity Tomkins - New Zealand
Audience Prize: Inna Husieva - Ukraine
Dame Anne Evans - dramatic soprano
Simone Young - Chief Conductor of Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Peter Katona - Head of Casting ROH Covent Garden
Bernadette Cullen - dramatic mezzo soprano
Isabel Murphy - Selection committee for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and casting advisor to Longborough Festival's Ring Cycle
Fiona Janes - mezzo soprano, Trustee and CEO
Accompanied by: Richard Black
Compere: Cameron Menzies
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.
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We also value your privacy, therefore, fully understand if you would rather keep your bequest private.
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The Estate of Jesselene Simpson
Elizabeth Corbett & Mark Finlay
Universal Music Australia
Trustees for the Elizabeth Connell Scholarship Fund
Michael Barnes, Elizabeth Corbett, Bernadette Cullen, Barbara de Rome, Fiona Janes
News Item Links
Limelight Magazine 2023 Q-F Announced
Operawire - 2021
Mundoclasico - 2021
Limelight Magazine - 2021
Limelight Magazine - 2019
Limelight Magazine - 2018
Limelight Magazine - 2017
Limelight Magazine - 2016
Limelight Magazine - 2015
Limelight Magazine - 2014
Opera Magazine - 2015
Elizabeth Connell Bequeaths Prize
Elizabeth Connell Biography