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. He is currently studying under Mark Wildman and Ingrid Surgenor for his Advanced Diploma which supported by Independent Opera, the Charles Mackerras Opera Scholarship, Stokes Bursary, Henry Wood Award and Josephine Baker Trust.

He has made numerous solo appearances, notably at the Wigmore Hall, and the Seoul Art Center Recital Hall. He took up several principal roles including the title role in Don Giovanni with the RAO under Gareth Hancock.

As a recent winner of the first prize at the N. Obukhova International Singing Competition in Russia (2018), the first prize at the Pavarotti Prize (2019), the second prize at the Clonter Opera Prize (2019), the opera prize at the Mozart Singing Competition (2017), he was a finalist of Wilhelm Stenhammer International Music Competition in Sweden (2018).

He is looking forward to performing the Independent Opera Scholars’ Recital at Wigmore Hall on the third of October 2019 and several upcoming concert engagements.

Other featured winners

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Prize

The Prize

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