Our Summer Programme
Our Young Singers' Competition was started in 2003 to fulfil one of the Festival's core objectives: namely, to assist and promote young singers at the start of their careers. This has developed into the extensive Les Azuriales Young Artists Programme.
Up to 100 singers are auditioned from whom 8-10 singers are invited to the South of France to participate in the Programme. These auditions take place mostly in central London between November and January (exact dates are usually announced in October). If you are unable to attend, You can send a recordings (see the process in the online application form).
The Programme starts with the Competition Concert, during which the contestants are evaluated by a jury of distinguished judges. At the end of the evening, the judges' decisions are announced and the following prizes are awarded:
Bill Birch Reynardson Prize – €5,000
Karaviotis Prize - €2,500
Kerry-Keane Prize (for artists aged 26 or under) - €1,000
Salter Audience Prize - €1,500
There is a feedback session given by the judges on the following morning.
After the competition the singers have four days of private workshops and language coaching . This culminates in a public masterclass. The distinguished givers of our public Masterclasses and private workshops have included: Lucy Arner, Sally Burgess, Peter Coleman-Wright, Michèle Crider, Sarah Jane Davies, Peter Kazaras, Ljuba Kazarnovskaya, Elaine Kidd, Martin Lloyd-Evans, Emanuele Moris, Dennis O'Neill CBE, Pedro Ribeiro, Brindley Sherratt and Alessandro Talevi.
Since 2016 we have also introduced a new element to the programme: an opera or part of an opera from "scratch". In the course of a week the Young Artists rehearse the chosen work at the end of which there is a public performance. This is particularly an opportunity for the Young Artists to enhance their ensemble singing skills.
All the finalists are encouraged to join our Alumni network. They can also seek support from Les Azuriales – see Les Azuriales Scholarships and Les Azuriales Bursaries. In addition there is sometimes a winners' concert in London on a date during the early part of the year following the Competition.
A number of artists have gone on to join young artists programmes such as the Jette Parker Young Artists programme at the Royal Opera House and to win of some of Europe’s leading singing competitions, notably the Kathleen Ferrier Prize and the Montserrat Caballé Prize.