Winners

The list of winners of the award contains the names of many singers who have become well known professionally around the world.

Over the years, the Joaninha Trustees have been thrilled to hear from our winners who consistently tell us how important the award was to them at a crucial stage in their development as an artist.

Our award winners since 1994 are listed here in full, as well as more information about a selection of them below.

Year Name School
2019 Kyu Choi RAM
2018 William Thomas Glyndebourne Chorus
2018 Additional prize awarded to JAMES NEWBY Glyndebourne Chorus
2017 KATIE COVENTRY RCM
2016 PENELOPE COUSLAND RSAMD
2016 Additional prize awarded to Guy Elliot Trinity
2015 DAVID SHIPLEY GSMD/RAM
2015 Additional prize awarded to Eierlys Davies RSAMD
2014 LOUISE KEMENEY RSAMD
2013 JAMES PLATT GFO
2013 Additional prize awarded to Sarah-Jane Lewis RAM
2012 ANDREW McTAGGART RSAMD
2011 KATHRYN RUDGE RNCM
2010 ROBYN ALLEGRA PARTON MVCO
2009 LUKAS JAKOBSKI RCM
2008 IDA FALK WINLAND RCM
2007 DAWID KIMBERG Glyndebourne
2006 VIKTOR RUD RAM
2005 ANNA STEPHANY GSMD
2004 SIMONA MIHAI RCM
2004 Additional prize awarded to Kate Royal GFO
2003 AMY FRESTON RNCM
2002 REBECCA VON LIPINSKI RNCM
2001 FINNUR BJARNASON GFO
2000 MARIE ARNET RAM
1999 TIM MURFIN RAM
1998 SALLY BRUCE-PAYNE MVCO
1997 MIRANDA McDONNELL RNCM
1996 GISELLE ALLEN RAM
1995 TOMAS TOMASSON RCM
1994 CONSTANZE BACKES MVCO
KEY SCHOOL
GFO Glyndebourne Festival Opera
GSMD The Guildhall School of Music & Drama
MVCO The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra
RAM The Royal Academy of Music
RCM The Royal College of Music
RNCM The Royal Northern College of Music
RSAMD The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
TRINITY Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance

Featured winners

Kyu Choi

Kyu Choi

Kyu Choi is a South Korean Baritone, who graduated from the Korea National University of Arts before taking up a place at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied for his Master’s degree which supported by the San Martino Scholarship in 2016.

William Thomas

William Thomas

Will Thomas was born in Harpenden and in 2013 he gained a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (BMus) and is currently studying under the guidance of John Evans on the Masters Programme at The Guildhall School and will continue his studies on the prestigious Opera Course in September 2018.

Rebecca von Lipinski

Rebecca von Lipinski

Rebecca von Lipinski was born in Mansfield and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music‚ supported by the Peter Moores Foundation‚ and at the National Opera Studio in London. Her awards include the Clonter Opera Prize‚ the Audience Prize and the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award.

Katie Coventry

Katie Coventry

Scottish Mezzo Soprano Katie Coventry is in her final year at the Royal College of Music International Opera School where she studies with Tim Evans-Jones as the Independent Opera Voice Scholar.

She is an ENO Harewood Artist and recently made her professional début with the company as Edith in Pirates of Penzance.

Kate Royal

Kate Royal

Born in London, Kate Royal studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. Awards include the 2004 Kathleen Ferrier Award, the 2004 John Christie Award, and the 2007 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award. Kate was a Joaninha Trust runner-up winner in 2004.

James Platt

James Platt

British bass James Platt studied at the Royal Academy of Music and on the Opera Course of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

A member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden his roles there include Caronte Orfeo, Dr Grenvil La Traviata and Blansac in Rossini’s La Scala di Seta. James recently made his debut with the Welsh National Opera as High Priest of Baal Nabucco.

Robyn Allegra Parton

Robyn Allegra Parton

A finalist in the 2012 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and holder of the Helen Clarke Award from Garsington Opera, Robyn Allegra Parton read Music at Worcester College, Oxford, before furthering her studies at the Royal College of Music, London, and completing the Monteverdi Choir Apprenticeship and ENO’s Opera Works programme.

The Prize

The Prize

Since 1993, The Joaninha Trust has bestowed an annual award upon an exceptionally talented singer