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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 2016/17

Find out more about the Jette Parker Young Artists for the 2016/17 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 the Programme’s annual staged production of a chamber opera, Side-by-Side with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and occasional rush hour concerts at St John’s Waterloo.


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. 4 May 2016

    Young Artist Profile: Colin J. Scott – ‘I don’t believe in the idea that some forms of music are superior to others’

    Even after cutting his teeth in a wild ceilidh band, the Scottish pianist reveals there's plenty more to be learned as a Royal Ballet accompanist.

  2. 28 April 2016

    Listen: How does an opera singer’s voice actually work?  

    Exploring the science of singing with vocal coach Paul Farrington and singer David Junghoon Kim. 

  3. 30 March 2016

    Three new music staff to join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September

    Three British conductors and répétiteurs were selected from a search spanning 20 countries worldwide.