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05 October 2020

FEDORA Prizes, Jury Nominee

Donate for the opera project “Going for Gold” - Your donations will be doubled  

The Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation (UK) will lend its support to the project “Going for Gold” by Birmingham Opera Company that is nominated for the FEDORA Education Prize 2020. 

As of today a matching donations appeal will be launched on the FEDORA Platform doubling the donations of anyone who supports this project until October 30th. 

Since 1987 Birmingham Opera Company has been making world-class opera, all in the home city of Birmingham. Now, they are Going for Gold by staging Wagner’s RhineGold  with an international cast and local volunteer performers led by Artistic Director Graham Vick and newly appointed Music Director Alpesh Chauhan in August 2021. 

  • The programme will reach  10,000 people of all ages and backgrounds across the city of Birmingham, through +100 free events and hundreds of hours of volunteer training.
  • 99% will encounter the power of opera for the first time.
  • 40% of audiences will be under  35 years old.
  • The work will launch the careers of 50 artists on the world’s stage. Professional singers will receive one-to-one coaching, many will sing for the first time.

“In this year above all, my primary concern is the well-being of those talented artists now embarking on careers against such insuperable odds. [...] So, Birmingham Opera Company’s intensive coaching by top mentors and challenging rehearsal process offers a lifeline, which I know will be eagerly grasped by those singers selected.”

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,
Founder of the
Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation  

The Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation (UK) is a legally registered charitable trust, established to realize the vision of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to provide financial support, career assistance and guidance to singers with exceptional potential to support their aspirations to develop international careers at the highest level.  


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