The WIGMORE HALL/INDEPENDENT OPERA Voice Fellowship is designed to further the already promising career of a singer committed to both opera and song. Candidates are chosen from participants in the biennial Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, formerly supported by the Kohn Foundation (1997-2017).

The Fellowship provides between £5,000 and £10,000 per annum for up to two years, subject to annual review and approval of Wigmore Hall and Independent Opera. The Fellowship is unique in that the recipient is mentored under the auspices of Wigmore Hall, providing unprecedented opportunities for access to singing lessons and coaching with the top opera singers in the world. Guidance is provided about repertoire, agents, recordings and career development. A Wigmore Hall recital or other opportunities to perform at Wigmore Hall may be offered to the recipient, conditional upon sufficient progress over the course of the Fellowship. Such offers are entirely at the discretion of Wigmore Hall.

Six Fellowships have been awarded between 2007 and 2016, to Matthew RoseGaëlle Arquez, Clara MourizDominik KöningerAnna Huntley and James Newby.

The 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition took place between Sunday 3 – Thursday 7 September 2017. Following auditions with IO's Creative Director Natalie Murray Beale and Wigmore Hall's Director John Gilhooly, IO announced Slovakian bass Peter Kellner as the winner of the 2017 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Voice Fellowship, he will receive a two-year award of £10,000 plus professional mentoring from IO and the Wigmore Hall. 

The next Wigmore Hall International Song Competition will take place in September 2019 and will be sponsored by Independent Opera.


11 November 2010
Matthew Rose accompanied by Malcolm Martineau
Programme: Bach, Schubert, Wolf and Ives

21 April 2013
Gaëlle Arquez accompanied by James Baillieu
Programme: Hahn, Poulenc, Duparc, Bizet, Delibes, Lara, Falla and Obradors

2 February 2014
Clara Mouriz accompanied by Roger Vignoles
Programme: Haydn, Duparc and Granados

12 April 2015
Dominik Köninger accompanied by Volker Krafft
‘Songs of the Elements’ Programme: Schubert, Mahler, Brahms, Wolf, Liszt, Mendelssohn and Schumann

10 January 2016
Anna Huntley accompanied by James Baillieu
Programme: Brahms, Schumann, Weill and more


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