Young Singers’ Competition

Our artistic strength is founded on our commitment to working at least partly with young artists: many singers who have appeared on the Bampton stage have gone on to enjoy successful national and international careers.

The biennial Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers' Competition, aimed at identifying the country's finest emerging young singers, was launched in 2013, our 20th birthday year.


Competition 2017

First Round – Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October 2017
London (closed session)

Final Round – Sunday 19th November 2017, 6pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell St, Oxford OX1 3BN (open to the public)

Applications are now open. You can download an information pack and application form below or request one by emailing

Application entry deadline is Sunday 27 August 2017.

First prize £1,500
Second prize £600
Accompanist's prize £500

Jury: Bonaventura Bottone, Jean Rigby, Paul Wynne Griffiths

Programme requirements

Preliminary round
Submit with your application a c.10-minute audio recording of material of your choice.

First round (28/29 October)
15 minute performance: prepare three items from which the jury will choose to hear two.

Final (19 November)
20 minute performance: a varied and balanced programme of contrasting items to include opera and song. At least one work should be in English. One repetition from the first round will be allowed.

Eligibility: This competition is open to UK residents aged between 21 and 32 on Sunday 19th November 2017.

Download information

Download entry form

Galina Averina, winner of the 2015 competition, is on the opera course at the Royal College of Music and has already won numerous awards.  She impressed the judges in all areas - musicality, text and technique.

Second prize winner Céline Forrest represented Wales in the 2015 Cardiff Singer of the World competition and is currently at the National Opera Studio.

Previous winners (2013)

Anna Starushkevych - first
Rosalind Coad - second