Alumnus Sam Furness wins Opera Award

Posted on: 11 January 2016

Sam Furness (Tenor Choral Scholar and Layclerk 2005-09) has won the 'Breakthrough Artist in UK Opera' award in the 2016 WhatsOnStage Opera Poll, beating five other shortlisted candidates.

Sam's success can be attributed to performances in Richard Strauss's Intermezzo (Garsington Opera; as Baron Lummer) and Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld (English Touring Opera; as Hoffmann), with his performance in the latter described by reviewer Mark Valencia as "lyrical, fearless and tireless".

We wish Sam all the best for any forthcoming engagements.

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