2015 Young Singer Awards
Winners of this year’s prestigious Leonard Ingrams Foundation awards are Bradley Travis and Llio Evans. This marks the eighth year of the Leonard Ingrams Awards which were launched in May 2006 to honour the memory of Garsington Opera’s founder, ensure the continuity of his vision and to support, encourage and nurture the best young artists involved in the creative process of bringing opera to the stage.
Bradley Travis, who sang a number of small roles in the acclaimed production of Death in Venice and was winner of the Helen Clarke Award last year, said:
This award has come at absolutely the right time in my career and amongst other things, will enable me to do an intensive course at the Goethe Institute, invest in a number of scores, have specialist coaching in modern music and continue my regular singing lessons.
Llio Evans, who understudied the role of Despina in Così fan tutte said:
Making the transition from student to professional is a difficult and vulnerable time for any young singer, and the Leonard Ingrams Award will enable me to continue to have regular lessons with my singing teacher, and also to develop my technique with leading international sopranos who specialise in the repertoire that I sing. I am extremely honoured to receive this award and overwhelmed by this incredible gesture of faith in my ability by Garsington Opera.
Two further smaller awards have been won: the Helen Clarke Award by Oliver Johnston and the Simon Sandbach Award by Daniel Rudge. These awards are made in recognition of their extraordinary talent, musical skill and contribution to the 2015 productions.
Every year a number of talented young singers are invited to participate in the Alvarez Young Artists’ Programme, Those selected embark on a challenging professional journey working with world-class artists from a range of disciplines, including conductors, directors, choreographers and designers. They perform on stage sometimes in the chorus and sometimes in small roles, working alongside eminent and inspiring principal artists, as well as understudying major roles. They are given further opportunities enabling them to participate in masterclasses with celebrated artists, training seminars on professional development and public recitals.
Oliver Johnson said:
I learnt so much from Garsington and to get the chance to record a professional standard video recording, so useful for auditions and applications, was great. Training as a singer is such a long and expensive process and the award will help develop my language skills and fund coaching and singing lessons.”
Daniel Rudge said:
Working on Death in Venice with Steuart Bedford was the most enlightening experience of my career so far. Whilst I am happy singing in both Italian and German I have always wanted to attend conversational courses in these languages and this award will assist greatly.