BOIBA 2021

Bath Opera Isobel Buchanan Awards 2021

The Bath Opera Isobel Buchanan Award is an annual contest to help the career of a promising young opera singer.

The 3rd annual Bath Opera Isobel Buchanan Award, BOIBA

After the BOIBA2020 contest sadly had to be cancelled due to the Covid pandemic, we are delighted to announce the details of the 2021 contest.
This year the contest is open to singers who are between the ages of 20 and 28 inclusive on the day of the final. The six selected finalists will contest the award in front of an expert adjudication panel in Bath on November 11th 2021. The winner will receive a prize of £1,000 and the runner-up £500.
The application form is available as a pdf download here.
This form gives all the details and rules of the contest, and how to apply. It asks contestants to say which 2 arias and which art song they wish to sing (max time 12 minutes).
An experienced accompanist will be available, but contestants are welcome to bring their own. For all other issues see the form.
Completed forms and a £20 entry fee must be received at by midnight on October 14th for a valid entry.
Any changes due to Covid restrictions or other unforeseen events will be communicated directly to contestants and placed on this page of the website.
Good luck to all contestants!

BOIBA 2019 was held on Thursday 7 November 2019 at the Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University. The winner Kieron-Connor Valentine received a first prize of £1,000 and the runner up Erin Rossington received £250. The winner will also be engaged to perform in a concert at Bath Spa University in 2020.


Kieron Connor Valentine – Countertenor


Erin Rossington – Mezzo Soprano

The 2019 panel of adjudicators led by Isobel Buchanan:

Isobel Buchanan

Isobel Buchanan had a stratospheric early career: in the 1970s she was Scotland’s golden operatic talent, swept off to Australia by no less a figure than Joan Sutherland and catapulted into star roles and a staggeringly young international career.

Bath Opera is the only company in Bath which performs fully staged operas, and one of its charitable objects is “to foster musical education by offering young singers the opportunity to work alongside experienced opera practitioners to showcase and build on their talent”.

BOIBA 2019 was a ‘Bath Spa Live’ event, by kind permission of Bath Spa University. Bath Opera wishes to thank Bath Spa University for the encouragement and support for BOIBA.