Competitors Announced for 2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition

Wigmore has announced the selected singers and pianists for the 2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition.

The competitors are set to represent a number of nations including the U.K., New Zealand, the U.S, France, Spain, Romania, Austria, Korea, and Germany among others.

The Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition was founded in 1997 and since then has grown in status and prestige, and continues to attract singers and pianists from around the world, aged 33 or under, who are keen to embark on significant recital careers.

The competition awards prizes of £10,000 for first prize, £5,000 for second prize, £2,500 for third prize and the Richard Tauber Prize of £3,000 for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder, among other awards.

This year the competition will take place between Sept. 7 and 12, 2019.

Singer / Voice / Pianist

Dominic Barberi (UK) / Bass

Harriet Burns (UK) / Soprano / Michael Pandya (UK)

Ronan Caillet (France) / Tenor / Malte Schäfer (Germany)

Kieran Carrel (UK/Germany) / Tenor / Richard Gowers (UK)

Rory Carver (UK) / Tenor / George Todică (Romania)

Guy Elliott (UK) / Tenor / Bradley Wood (New Zealand)

Kady Evanyshyn (Canada) / Mezzo-soprano / Seoyon Macdonald (Republic of Korea)

Rosina Fabius (Netherlands) / Mezzo-soprano

Laurence Kilsby (UK) / Tenor / Bradley Wood (New Zealand)

Georg Klimbacher (Austria) / Baritone / Mauro Zappalà (Italy)

Belinda Kunz (France) / Mezzo-soprano / Valentin Mansard (France)

Benjamin Lewis (UK) / Baritone / Tobias Kaltenbrunner (Austria)

Clara Osowski (USA) / Mezzo-soprano / Tyler Wottrich (USA)

Davidona Pittock (UK) / Soprano

Theodore Platt (UK) / Baritone / Dylan Perez (USA)

Emily Pogorelc (USA) / Soprano / Chris Reynolds (USA)

Tomi Punkeri (Finland) / Baritone

Kieran Rayner (New Zealand) / Baritone / Gamal Khamis (UK)

Benjamin Russell (Eire) / Baritone / Manon Fischer-Dieskau (UK)

Michael St Peter (USA) / Tenor / Jeremy Chan (Australia)

Jacquelyn Stucker (USA) / Soprano / James Hendry (UK)

Matthew Swensen (USA) / Tenor / Katelan Terrell (USA)

Dorota Szczepanska (Poland/USA) / Soprano / Maria Yulin (Israel)

Beth Taylor (UK) / Mezzo-soprano / Hamish Brown (UK)

Mikhail Timoshenko (Russia) / Bass-baritone / Elitsa Desseva (Bulgaria)

Felicity Turner (UK) / Mezzo-soprano / Natalie Burch (UK)

Christian Wagner (Germany) / Baritone / Kunal Lahiry (USA)


Emily makes her Washington National Opera Debut as Cunégonde

Emily steps into the role of Cunégonde, replacing Kathryn Lewek, in Washington National Opera’s production of Bernstein’s “Candide.” Directed by Francesca Zambello, the production was first seen at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2015.

Candide runs from May 5–26, 2018 at the Kennedy Center Opera House. For more information, visit

Emily joins the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Ms. Pogorelc has been announced as one of the new members of the The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at The Lyric Opera of Chicago. She will join the 2018-19 ensemble, following her studies at the Curtis Institute in May. Also newly accepted into the ensemble were mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Decker, tenor Eric Ferring, baritones Christopher Kenney and Ricardo José Rivera, and bass-baritone David Weigel. They will join the current Ryan Opera Center members: sopranos Whitney Morrison and Ann Toomey; contralto Lauren Decker; tenors Josh Lovell and Mario Rojas; bass-baritone Alan Higgs; and pianist Madeline Slettedahl.

During the finals on September 9th, 2017, Ms. Pogorelc began with “The Willow Song” from Douglas Moore’s Ballad of Baby Doe and the panel chose “Da tempeste il legno infranto” from Handel’s Giulio Cesare.

To read more about The Patrick G. and Shirley Ryan Opera Center Program, you can read on their website here. Press Release

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