New initiative

Askonas Holt Rising Stars

Samuel Hasselhorn, baritone
Fatma Said, soprano
Dominic Sedgwick, baritone

Photos by Nikolaj Lund, Felix Broede & Clare Park


We are pleased to introduce a major new initiative: Rising Stars. Created to support young singers, we are very excited to welcome these talented artists to Askonas Holt.

We have always believed in the importance of nurturing the next generation: indeed we represent many singers who joined us early in their professional development and are now internationally recognised. In addition to the bespoke management we provide to all artists on our roster, Rising Stars offers an additional, carefully tailored platform for emerging talent plus advice on how to deal with the challenges of a modern career.

We are especially delighted that our Rising Stars will benefit from the personal guidance of Ann Murray DBE, as Artistic Advisor.

“I am thrilled to be working with these exceptional young singers at such an exciting point in their careers, and am thankful to Askonas Holt for offering a spotlight for young artists.” Ann Murray DBE, Artistic Advisor 

The Rising Stars

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Meet the Rising Stars

Samuel Hasselhorn, baritone

Young German baritone Samuel Hasselhorn is 1st prizewinner of the 2017 “Das Lied – International Song Competition” in Heidelberg and of the 2013 Schubert Competition in Dortmund. He is also winner of the 2015 Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York and top prize winner of the Wigmore Hall Competition (London), the Hugo Wolf Competition (Stuttgart), the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Competition (Paris), and of the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang (Berlin).

Q&A: Samuel Hasselhorn talks memorable moments, favourite things, and travelling back in time to hear Fischer-Dieskau.

Samuel is represented at Askonas Holt by Tim Menah and Jonathan Turnbull.

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Fatma Said, soprano

Eqyptian soprano Fatma Said is one of the most unique young artists of her generation. Not only has she distinguished herself in opera houses and on concert stages, but also in a humanitarian capacity, regularly representing her home country as an ambassador for culture and education. She is a current BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.

Q&A: Fatma reveals her love of Milan, Beyoncé and dancing.

Fatma is represented at Askonas Holt by Jo Fry and Jessica Wadey.

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Dominic Sedgwick, baritone

British baritone Dominic Sedgwick joined The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme this season. He studied at Clare College, Cambridge and is a recent graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Opera School. He was awarded the Audience Prize in the inaugural 2017 Grange Festival International Singing Competition.

Q&A: Dominic Sedgwick on where it all began, rollerskating dreams, his most memorable performances and more.

Dominic is represented at Askonas Holt by Keiron Cooke.

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Ann Murray DBE

Artistic Advisor

Ann Murray has been acclaimed for her performances of the great Handel, Strauss and Mozart roles in the opera houses of Hamburg, Dresden, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Cologne, Zurich, Amsterdam, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, the Wiener Staatsoper and the Salzburg Festival. She has particularly strong links with English National Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich. In 1998 Ann Murray was made a Kammersängerin of the Bayerische Staatsoper and in 2002 was appointed an honorary DBE in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Birthday Honours.

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