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Wednesday 03 January 2018

Chris Addison And Danielle de Niese To Present Coverage Of The Glyndebourne Opera Cup

The Glyndebourne Opera Cup 2018 focuses on the work of Mozart - each biennial edition of the competition will focus on a different composer or era. 
Pic by Sam Shaw

Artists from all over the world have entered the competition, with forty-four different nationalities represented. 

Coverage of the event will be presented by Chris Addison and Danielle de Niese

Chris Addison, the comedian and actor, is also a passionate opera fan and Glyndebourne Member. 

Opera star Danielle de Niese is a soprano in demand across the world whose early break came in Glyndebourne's production of the Handel opera Giulio Cesare in 2005. 

Together, they will present Sky Arts' coverage of the inaugural Glyndebourne Opera Cup, an international competition for opera singers.

Chris Addison said: "I love opera - have done since I came across Mozart's The Magic Flute in my late twenties - the unbelievable music, the insane plots and most of all humans doing things with their voices that are so beautiful they seem almost impossible."

The competition will award five prizes, including a top prize of £15,000 for the winner and the offer of a role at one of the leading opera houses represented on the jury within five years.

Danielle de Niese added: "Growing up in Australia, I won many Eisteddfods as well as the nationally televised Young Talent Time Talent Discovery of the Year competition at the tender age of nine - so I know first hand the unique thrill of competitions. 

"They are tough and nerve-racking but they can also bring out the best in an artist. The Glyndebourne Opera Cup aims to find performers who can rise to this challenge, and they will be judged by an amazing panel drawn from the field of opera at the highest level.' 

A documentary about the competition process, including the satellite heats taking place in January in Philadelphia, Berlin and London, airs on 22 March 2018. 

Televised highlights of the semi-finals air on 23 March before the grand final is broadcast live from Glyndebourne on 24 March.

For more information on The Glyndebourne Opera Cup CLICK HERE.  

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