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How to apply for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme

There is not an upper or lower age limit for the Programme. However, applicants should bear in mind that the Programme is intended to benefit extremely gifted individuals at the start of their professional careers. Singers, conductors or répétiteurs are expected to have some performance experience and to have completed training at an established music college (although this is not an essential requirement). Stage directors are expected to have some experience in mounting productions, either as a director or an assistant director.

The Royal Opera House is an equal opportunities employer and the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme is actively seeking to employ artists currently under-represented in the opera world. This includes minorities and disabled people.

Singer Auditions
Auditions will next be held from 24 November to 3 December 2017 to select singers to start the Programme in September 2018. Applications are accepted only through the YAP Tracker website here. It is not necessary to take out a subscription to YAP Tracker to apply; register for a free account here or by choosing ‘Just want to complete an online application’ after clicking ‘Register’.

Please read the relevant guidelines and FAQs below carefully before starting your application. Applications will not be considered unless they are complete, including two references, by the deadline on 20 October 2017, so allow plenty of time to avoid missing out.

For any questions regarding the auditions or the Programme, please contact the Auditions Coordinator at

Find out more about the 2017 auditions here.

Frequently Asked Questions – Singers

Stage Director Interviews

Interviews will next be held in spring 2019 for the position starting in autumn 2019. For details of the opportunity, please see the job description (from 2017), guidelines and FAQs.

Music Staff Auditions

Auditions will next be held in early 2018 to find candidates to start in autumn 2018. Conductors and répétiteurs interested in taking part in the auditions should send their contact details to the Auditions Coordinator at, asking to be added to the Music Staff Audition Mailing List. They will then be sent information when the application process reopens in autumn 2017. Please do not send any further material at this stage.

For information about the format of the auditions, please read the FAQs and the guidelines for the 2016 auditions below.

Guidelines for opera applicants

Guidelines for ballet applicants

Frequently Asked Questions – Music staff.

For further information, contact the Auditions Coordinator at

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