Many congratulations to Soraya Mafi, who has been awarded the £10,000 Chilcott Award for young British opera singers!
Offered biennially to an opera singer aged between 23 and 33 “who has the potential to make an international impact within the world of opera”, the prestigious award is offered by the Susan Chilcott Scholarship, an independent charity set up in memory of Susan Chilcott. It is designed to enable advanced training or career development. The inaugural award was presented in 2012 to Duncan Rock
, Chairman of the Susan Chilcott Scholarship, said: “It is a pleasure and privilege to listen to the young singers selected to audition for the Chilcott Award. Soraya lit up the audition room with her voice, her artistry and her engaging personality. There is an integrity to her singing that struck a chord in all of us. We hope the Chilcott Award will enrich her artistic development, helping her on her journey to a very bright future.”
Soraya is an ENO Harewood Young Artist, and this season has sung Papagena in Simon McBurney’s ‘The Magic Flute’, and Karolka in David Alden’s production of ‘Jenufa’. She is currently singing the role of Despina in ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ with West Green House Opera, with performances on 30 and 31 July
Soraya will use her award to fund ongoing singing lessons with her teacher, Janis Kelly, language tuition and performance coaching, as well as to support travel/audition and promotional costs.