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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
The application deadline for auditions in November 2016 has now passed. Singers interested in taking part in the auditions towards the end of 2017 for starting the Programme in September 2018 should send their contact details to the Auditions Coordinator at, asking to be added to the Singer Audition Mailing List. They will then be sent information when the application process reopens in late summer 2017. Please do not send any further material at this stage.

For any questions regarding the auditions or the Programme, please contact the Auditions Coordinator at
Find out more about the autumn auditions here.

Frequently Asked Questions – Singers

Stage Director Interviews

Interviews will be held in March to find a new stage director to start in September 2017. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 7 March, with a second practical round on Friday 10 March. Find out more here. Those wishing to be considered for interview should send their contact details to, clearly stating that they are interested in the stage director interviews. They will then be added to a mailing list and sent full application material when it becomes available in late autumn 2016.  Please do not send any further information at this stage.

Music Staff Auditions

Interviews will be held in London in early March. The panel will consist of Oliver Mears (Director of Opera), John Fulljames (Associate Director of Opera), Amy Lane (Senior Staff Director, The Royal Opera) and David Gowland (Artistic Director, JPYAP).

Please read the relevant guidelines and FAQs below carefully before starting your application.

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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