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Jette Parker Young Artists Programme

What is the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme?

The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme is designed to support the artistic development of talented singers at the beginning of their career. Young Artists are employed as salaried members of The Royal Opera over a two-year period, during which time they are immersed in the life of the Royal Opera House to help them form their own artistic identity and give them guidance on their trajectory through the business.

The Young Artists participate in a specially-tailored programme, which includes extensive daily coaching in languages, stagecraft and vocal techniques, alongside preparing cover roles, and performing concerts and smaller roles on the main stage.

The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme is generously supported by Oak Foundation.

More about the JPYA Programme

Meet the Young Artists for 2015/16

Find out more about the Jette Parker Young Artists for the 2015/16 Season.

Programme Content

As part of the Programme, Young Artists benefit from extensive coaching, as well as performance in concerts and on stage.


In addition to their performances with The Royal Opera, there are many other opportunities to see the Young Artists perform, both at the Royal Opera House and elsewhere.


Find out how to apply for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and when auditions take place.

Former Young Artists

The Young Artists Programme was formed in 2001, and many former Young Artists continue to perform at the Royal Opera House.

News Archive

Browse our news archive for profiles, news stories and features on the Young Artists.


Watch interviews and clips from recitals and Insights sessions with our Young Artist playlist.

Southbank Sinfonia

The Programme works closely with Southbank Sinfonia. Joint projects include a staged production and Side-by-Side in the Linbury Studio Theatre, and a concert in Paul Hamlyn Hall.


For more information about the Programme, contact the Administrator at

Or, write to:
Jette Parker Young Artists Programme
Royal Opera House,
Covent Garden,
London WC2E 9DD

For further information about auditions, contact the Auditions Coordinator at

News and features

  1. 9 February 2016

    Young Artist Profile: Samuel Dale Johnson – ‘You can’t become an opera singer overnight’

    The Australian baritone on singing alongside his heroes, and the extensive training it takes to become a professional opera singer.

  2. 22 January 2016

    Five singers to join Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2016

    The search for the opera stars of tomorrow saw entries from 50 countries around the world.

  3. 14 October 2015

    Young Artist Profile: Samuel Sakker – 'Opera gives people a chance to put down their phone and experience something really human’

    The Australian tenor on the power of the art form.