The Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Voice Fellowship was designed to further the already promising career of a singer committed to both opera and song.  Candidates were chosen from participants in the biennial Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition. 

The Fellowship provided between £5,000 and £10,000 per annum for up to two years and 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 today’s leading international opera and song performers. 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 at their discretion.

Seven Fellowships were awarded between 2007 and 2017, to Matthew Rose (bass), Gaëlle Arquez (mezzo-soprano), Clara Mouriz (mezzo-soprano), Dominik Köninger (baritone), Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano) and James Newby (tenor). The final WH/IO Voice Fellowship was awarded in 2017 to Slovakian bass Peter Kellner.  

From 2019 IO will be the principal sponsor of the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition


11 November 2010
Matthew Rose bass
Malcolm Martineau piano
Programme: Bach, Schubert, Wolf and Ives

21 April 2013
Gaëlle Arquez mezzo-soprano
James Baillieu piano
Programme: Hahn, Poulenc, Duparc, Bizet, Delibes, Lara, Falla and Obradors

2 February 2014
Clara Mouriz mezzo-soprano
Roger Vignoles piano
Programme: Haydn, Duparc and Granados

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

10 January 2016
Anna Huntley mezzo-soprano
James Baillieu piano
Programme: Brahms, Schumann, Weill and more

3 February 2019
James Newby tenor
Joseph Middleton piano
Programme: To be announced

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