Opera in October: a unique opportunity to meet the stars

The International Opera Awards and Mazars present a new lunchtime event series - Opera in October.

These virtual events offer a unique opportunity to meet some of the world’s best and brightest operatic stars and gain a truly exclusive insight into their careers and the operatic profession. There will also be a question and answer segment to the session, allowing participants to pose their own questions to our special guests. 

Mazars sponsored the International Opera Awards earlier this year – continuing our support to the Opera Awards Foundation and the recently created Artist Hardship Fund, set up to provide emergency grants to the young artists affected by the pandemic and together we are delighted to extend our partnership with this set of fascinating lunchtime events.

These special gatherings will take place on Zoom from 1-2pm during each week of October – full details and links to register can be found below.

Wallis Giunta by Kirsten Nijhof / Louise Alder by Gerard Collett 


The rise to operatic stardom, with Wallis Giunta and Louise Alder

On Friday 8 October, Wallis Giunta (Mazars Young Singer award winner 2018) and Louise Alder (Mazars’ Young Singer award winner 2017) spoke with Neil Fisher (deputy arts editor of The Times) about their journeys to operatic success. They discussed the joys and pitfalls of building a career in the twenty-first century and the new challenges brought by the pandemic in 2020. 

Brindley Sherratt by Gerard Collett / Susan Bullock by Christina Raphaelle


My Favourite Monster: operatic ghosts and villains, with Brindley Sherratt and Susan Bullock CBE

Bass Brindley Sherratt and soprano Susan Bullock are two of Britain’s finest singers, and between them, they’ve played their share of ghosts, witches, and villains – from Sweeney Todd’s Mrs Lovett to the devil himself. As we gear up for Halloween, join them to learn more about their favourite creepy operatic characters, both to perform and be frightened by. Including an opportunity to participate in a short Q&A session.

Stuart Skelton by Guðmundur-Ingólfsson


How to build a voice, with Stuart Skelton

Tenor Stuart Skelton has performed some of opera’s most challenging repertoire. In conversation with Opera Holland Park’s James Clutton, he discusses the building blocks of technique, the physicality which goes into sustaining a dramatic voice and offers some tips for all of us on developing stamina and resilience. Including an opportunity to participate in a short Q&A session.

Friday 22 October, 1pm

Register here


Lisette Oropesa by Jason Homa


In Conversation with Lisette Oropesa

Lisette Oropesa is one of the most in-demand lyric coloraturas today, who performs leading roles regularly at the most important opera houses around the world. Starring this season in both Rigoletto and La Traviata at the Royal Opera House, she joins Opera editor (and IOA jury chair), John Allison, for an in-depth chat about the life of a modern diva.

Friday 29 October, 1pm

Register here

For full details of the online concert series, follow #OperaInOctober on social media for updates.