The prize winners of the Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2021 have been announced. British countertenor Hugh Cutting won First Prize, the first countertenor ever to win this award in the 66 years in which the Ferrier has been running. Hugh is a member of the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio and a Vocal Masters graduate of the Royal College of Music. He has recorded with The King’s Consort and Robert King, and with Iestyn Davies and Fretwork for Signum Classics.

Latvian soprano Laura Peresivana won Second Prize. Currently studying at the Guildhall Opera School, she began her operatic career at the Latvian National Opera. Previously, she won the 54th Tenor Vinas International Singing Contest Extraordinary prize.

The Ferrier Loveday Song Prize went to British mezzo Helen Charlston.

Lastly, the Accompanist’s Prize went to Israeli pianist Ilan Kurtser.


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