Many congratulations to Rachel Goode (pictured above centre), the winner of this year’s Ian Stoutzker Prize.
This prestigious annual award celebrates the College’s outstanding musicians.
Fellow finalists soprano Bernice Chitiul and tenors Huw Evans and Osian Bowen joined Rachel on the stage of the College’s Dora Stoutzker Hall, to compete for the £10,000 prize, accompanied by the College’s Chamber Orchestra, conducted by College Conductor in Residence David Jones.
The featured image shows Rachel as Lady Billows in the College’s recent production of Albert Herring. Rachel will perform this week as Sister Catherine in Dead Man Walking with Welsh National Opera, directed by the College’s International Chair in Directing Martin Constantine.
Earlier in the year, Rachel won the Douglas Rees Memorial Award.
The panel of judges included Sir Brian McMaster and Maestro Carlo Rizzi, both Presidents of the David Seligman Opera School, award-winning record producer Jeremy Caulton, soprano Dame Anne Evans, and College Principal Helena Gaunt.
It was also announced on the evening that Ian Stoutzker will become a Vice-President of the College, joining other highly esteemed cultural figures such as Michael Sheen, Lady Anya Sainsbury and Sir Bryn Terfel.
Featured Image: Mark Douet