The Fulham Opera Robert Presley Memorial Verdi Prize
Robert Presley was a much-loved founding member of Fulham Opera.
He was a Verdi enthusiast and sang many Verdi roles throughout his career, and was our Alberich in Das Rheingold and Siegfried, and indeed, we credit him with having the idea of doing Der Ring at all.
Money has been given in his name to begin a bi-annual Verdi Singing Prize, for which there is no age limit.
The 2017 competition was won by Nicola Said (soprano), who also won the audience prize. The runner up was Siv Iren Misund (mezzo), and the Judges’ Discretionary Prize went to tenor Satriya Krisna.
The 2019 competition will be announced in March 2019. Entries will be then be accepted until 31st July. Finalists will be notified on 1st September.
Application process is by recordings, as links either by YouTube, SoundCloud or Dropbox. Entry fee is £40.
Three recordings are required. At least two of which must be by Verdi from at least two different works.
The Board of Fulham Opera will select between 8-10 singers to take place in a public live final.