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our musical partners The International Opera Awards Foundation was established in 2012 by businessman Harry Hyman, founder of the annual International Opera Awards. The aim of both the Awards and the Foundation is to educate, enlighten and inform the public about opera, as well as to offer financial and career support to a new generation of talent entering the opera profession. Bursaries are given annually across a wide range of skills, from singers, conductors and pianists to directors and designers. In 2015, 11 young artists from Britain, Turkey, New Zealand, Australia, Portugal, Hungary and South Africa were awarded bursaries. In addition, the UK’s National Opera Studio, one of the world’s foremost professional training grounds for young singers, was awarded an institutional grant. Since it was established, the International Opera Awards Foundation has awarded around 45 bursaries to aspiring opera professionals, enabling them to complete their studies and launch promising careers. All of the talented young artists appearing in the Bespoke Hotels Opera Nights series, which starts in autumn 2016, receive ongoing support from the Foundation. Bösendorfer is among the oldest and most renowned piano makers in the world, producing instruments with a distinctively dark, rich sound. Established by Ignaz Bösendorfer in Vienna in 1828, the firm was appointed official piano maker to the Austrian Emperor in 1839. Its fortunes were carried across Europe by the legendary composer and piano virtuoso Franz Liszt, an early champion of the instrument. Famous musicians who have owned and played Bösendorfers range from Brahms, Wagner, Herbert von Karajan and Plácido Domingo to Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson and Sting. Since 2008, the company has been wholly owned by Yahama.

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Opera Now magazine was founded in 1989 and is today the UK’s leading publication on opera. With more than 30 critics and correspondents around the globe, it offers a unique, all-encompassing perspective on international opera through a lively and colourful mix of news, opinion, celebrity interviews and travel features. The magazine is produced monthly by Rhinegold Publishing, and Ashutosh Khandekar, curator of Bespoke Opera Nights, has been Editor since 1997. Want to subscribe to Opera Now? See page 25 issue 19



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