Gemma Ní Bhriain Announced as Semi-Finalist for Glyndebourne Cup

Gemma Ní Bhriain (Photo: Frances Marshall)

Gemma Ní Bhriain Announced as Semi-Finalist for Glyndebourne Cup

Semi-finals to take place on 22 March.

Glyndebourne opera house has announced the semi-finalists for its first Opera Cup, a competition for young opera singers aged 21 to 28. The 23 singers come from fourteen countries and include Irish mezzo-soprano Gemma Ní Bhriain.

Ní Bhriain, who studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Dr Veronica Dunne, currently lives in Zürich where she is in her second year with the International Opera Studio of Opernhaus Zürich.

Commenting on the announcement, Ní Bhriain said:

I’m really excited to be taking part in the Glyndebourne Opera Cup, especially as this year’s theme is Mozart and Mozart arias are some of my favourite pieces to perform.  I have always wanted to sing at Glyndebourne so being selected for this competition is an amazing opportunity, especially with getting to sing for such an important jury. 

The semi-finals will take place at Glyndebourne on 22 March, after which 10 finalists will perform at the final on 24 March. The final will be broadcast on Sky Arts and the artists will be accompanied by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. The winner will receive £15,000 and a guarantee of a role within five years at a top European opera house. 

See the full list of semi-finalists below. For further information about the Glyndebourne Opera Cup, visit

Gemma Ní Bhrian will also perform at the new National Concert Hall Dublin Song Series, curated by Dearbhla Collins, on 8 April with Hélio Vida (piano). 

Glyndebourne Opera Cup 2018 Semi-finalists:
Adèle Charvet 24, mezzo-soprano (France)
Francesca Chiejina 27, soprano (USA)
Jorge Espino 26, baritone (Mexico) 
Adriana Gonzalez 26, soprano (Guatemala)
Samantha Hankey 24, mezzo-soprano (USA)
Elbenita Kajtazi 26, soprano (Kosovo) 
Dmytro Kalmuchyn 24, baritone (Ukraine) 
Aurora Marthens 25, soprano (Finland) 
Mirjam Mesak 27, soprano (Estonia) 
Denis Milo 27, baritone (Germany)
Jake Muffett 24, baritone (UK)
Diana Newman 28, soprano (USA
Gemma Ní Bhriain 25, mezzo-soprano (Ireland)
Alexandra Nowakowski 25, soprano (USA/Poland)
Eléonore Pancrazi 27, mezzo-soprano (France)
Emily Pogorelc 21, soprano (USA
Cody Quattlebaum 24, bass-baritone (USA)
Anita Rosati 24, soprano (Austria)
Carl Rumstadt 25, baritone (Germany) 
Jacquelyn Stucker 28, soprano (USA)
Jack Swanson 24, tenor (USA
Charles Sy 26, tenor (Canada)
Hubert Zapiór 23, baritone (Poland) 

Published on 14 February 2018

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