Clonter Opera Prize for RNCM Tenor

RNCM tenor Kang Wang has won this year’s Clonter Opera Prize.

Kang, who joined the College in 2013 to study for an International Artist Diploma and starred as Nemorino in the recent production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, was one of several young singers chosen from UK conservatoires and music colleges to compete in the annual award.

Singing to a distinguished panel of judges and host Isobel Flinn, the 25-year-old, who recently completed his Master of Music Studies at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, performed to high praise, securing the £2000 prize and the Audience Prize.

On winning, Kang said: ‘In competitions like this I only ever seem to win the Audience Prize because the music I choose is often very deep and moving. I’m still really surprised to think I won both at Clonter.

‘Everyone who took part sang so well, and each of us received great feedback from the panel. It was a wonderful experience for me, and I feel very honoured to receive the prize as an RNCM student.’

Now in its 40th year, Clonter Opera provides the highest quality training and performance opportunities for young singers with the aim of bridging the gap between conservatoire and professional work. To date, numerous RNCM students and alumni have benefitted from its Opera Studio, established through the Clonter Farm Music Trust (CFMT). To learn more, click here.

14 February 2014