Robert Presley was a much-loved founding member of Fulham Opera. He was a Verdi enthusiast and sang many Verdi roles throughout his career, and was our Alberich in Das Rheingold and Siegfried, and indeed, we credit him with having the idea of doing Der Ring at all.
Money has been given in his name to begin a bi-annual Verdi Singing Prize.
The inaugural Robert Presley Verdi Prize was on Sunday 27th September 2015, and was won by Nadine Benjamin. More details.
Fulham Opera will invite entries for this prize on 1st May 2017
First Prize: £1000
Runner up: £500
Judges’ Discretionary prize : £250*
Audience prize : £100
*for either the most promising singer under 35 or for particular achievement as a “Verdi Baritone”.
1) Please enter below your details, and webclips, either by YouTube or SoundCloud and submit your entry fee by PayPal.
2) The Board of Fulham Opera will select between 8-12 singers to take place in a public live final to take place at St John’s Church, Fulham on Sunday 1st October 2017, which will be judged by:
David Syrus (Head of Music, Royal Opera House)
Sir Thomas Allen (International “Verdi” Baritone)
Pamela Kuhn (Spinto soprano and NYC voice teacher)
Pianist for final : Nicholas Fletcher
3) Competition opens for entries on 1st May 2017.
4) Competition closes for entries on 31st July 2017.
5) Finalists will be informed by 1st September 2017.
1) There is no age limit for this competition.
2) Current Board Members of Fulham Opera or their partners or family members may not apply.
3) Entry is by three recordings submitted by YouTube (preferable) or SoundCloud or Dropbox.
4) Further Terms and Conditions here.