BOIBA 2020

Bath Opera Isobel Buchanan Awards 2020

The 3rd annual Bath Opera Isobel Buchanan Award, BOIBA

BOIBA is being planned with a preferred date in November 2020, in the knowledge that this may have to be rescheduled to such a time as the government is able to lift the restrictions.

Below is more information about BOIBA and photographs from the hugely successful event in 2019 which was won by Welsh counter-tenor Kieron-Connor Valentine.

The prestigious Bath Opera Isobel Buchanan Award is made annually to a promising young opera singer aged between 18 and 26. The award was launched in 2018 by international soprano and distinguished teacher Isobel Buchanan.

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


Natalie Davies – Mezzo Soprano

Jack Lee – Baritone

Erin Rossington – Mezzo Soprano

Myrna Tennant – Soprano

Kieron Connor Valentine – Countertenor

Bethan Terry – 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.

Dr Charles Wiffen is Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts at Bath Spa University, and former visiting professor of music at Shanghai University. This following a distinguished career as a concert pianist. Charles is former Chair of the Board of Trustees of Bath Philharmonia.

Morag McLaren is a Scottish singer, director and coach. She is the founder and artistic director of Cooper Hall, Frome. She now focusses on helping young singers at the start of their careers.

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.