Four winners at the inaugural Glyndebourne Opera Cup

American singer Samantha Hankey wins the inaugural Glyndebourne Opera Cup.

American mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey was the overall winner of the 2018 Glyndebourne Opera Cup, broadcast on Sky Arts television at the weekend. The Glyndebourne Opera Cup is a new international opera competition designed to discover and showcase the best young singers from around the world every two years.

25-year-old Ms Hankey receives £15,000 and will also be offered a role at one of the opera houses represented by the competition jury. In addition, she won the Media prize, chosen by opera critics and music journalists.

Second place was awarded to American soprano Jacquelyn Stucker (aged 28), with third prize going to Kosovan soprano Elbenita Kajtazi (27). Ms Kajtazi also won the Audience Prize, while 21-year-old American soprano Emily Pogorelc won the Ginette Theano prize for most promising talent.

Former Glyndebourne General Director Sebastian F Schwarz chaired the jury; prizes were presented by Dame Janet Baker, honorary president of the competition. Over 180 international contestants applied to participate in the Glyndebourne Opera Cup.