Former Young Artists
The Programme was launched in September 2001. Six singers were put forward by agents and others in the opera world, and then chosen from auditions in late 2000/early 2001. Since then, auditions by application have been held annually in November and December to select new intakes to start the following September. Each singer is contracted for two years and as such, every season half of singers on the Programme are in their first year while the other half is in their second.
The first music staff auditions were held early in 2002, and a conductor and répétiteur selected to start in September 2002. Since then, music staff auditions have been held every other year to replace those leaving at the end of their two year contract. In addition to the full-time conductor and répétiteur, an associate conductor/répétiteur is often appointed for a year or two. Since 2008, there has been the option of adding a conductor or pianist to work mainly with The Royal Ballet.
The first stage director interviews were also held in early 2002. The director chosen returned to his native country after a few months, so interviews were held again in early 2003 and a director appointed in September. Since then, interviews have been held every other year to replace the director leaving at the end of the two year contract, with a few minor variations along the way.
The following artists have been members of the Programme so far:
Anna Devin, Ana James, Kishani Jayasinghe, Gweneth-Ann Jeffers, Ha Young Lee, Pumeza Matshikiza, Sally Matthews, Elisabeth Meister, Simona Mihai, Eri Nakamura, Victoria Nava, Madeleine Pierard, Marina Poplavskaya, Ailish Tynan, Katie Van Kooten, Anita Watson.
Tove Dahlberg, Liora Grodnikaite, Ekaterina Gubanova, Monika-Evelin Liiv, Kai Rüütel.
Alfie Boe, Steven Ebel, James Edwards, Hubert Francis, Robert Anthony Gardiner, Andrew Kennedy, Ji Hyun Kim, Nikola Matišić, Edgaras Montvidas, Robert Murray, Ji-Min Park, Andrew Sritheran, Haoyin Xue.
Grant Doyle, Jared Holt, Jacques Imbrailo, Dawid Kimberg, Changhan Lim, ZhengZhong Zhou.
Daniel Grice, Kostas Smoriginas, Krzysztof Szumanski.
Robert Gleadow, Lukas Jakobski, Darren Jeffery, Vuyani Mlinde, Matthew Rose.
Music Staff (opera)
Catriona Beveridge, Timothy Burke, Oliver Gooch, Andrew Griffiths, Adrian Kelly, Volker Krafft, Rory Macdonald, Steven Moore, Geoffrey Paterson, Jean-Paul Pruna, Daniele Rustioni, Susanna Stranders, Yuval Zorn.
Music Staff (ballet)
Former Young Artists agent contacts
Ana James (2005/7) is represented by Owen White Management.
Kishani Jayasinghe (2006/8) is represented by Owen White Management.
Gweneth-Ann Jeffers (2001/3) is represented by Steven Swales Management.
Ha Young Lee (2002/5) is represented by Opera4U.
Pumeza Matshikiza (2007/9) is represented by IMG Artists.
Simona Mihai (2008/10) represents herself.
Eri Nakamura (2008/10) is represented by Intermusica.
Victoria Nava (2003/5) represents herself.
Ailish Tynan (2002/4) is represented by Steven Swales Artist Management.
Liora Grodnikaite (2004/6) is represented on Opera Base.
Monika-Evelin Liiv (2007/9) is represented on Opera Base.
Kai Rüütel (2009/11) is represented by Intermusica.
Steven Ebel (2009/11) is represented by James Black Management.
Hubert Francis (2002/4) is represented by Rayfield Allied.
Robert A Gardiner (2008/10) is represented by Owen White Management.
Andrew Kennedy (2003/5) is represented by Hazard Chase.
Ji Hyun Kim (2010/12) is represented by Music International.
Robert Murray (2004/6) is represented by Askonas Holt.
Ji-Min Park (2007/9) is represented by Askonas Holt.
Andrew Sritheran (2005/7) is represented by Opern-und Konzertagentur Therese Renick.
Haoyin Xue (2006/8) represents himself.
Jared Holt (2003/5) represents himself.
Jacques Imbrailo (2006/8) is represented by Intermusica.
Changhan Lim (2008/10) is represented by Musichall Ltd.
ZhengZhong Zhou (2010/12) is represented by Askonas Holt.
Daniel Grice (2010/12) is represented by Mark Kendall ArtistsManagement.
Kostas Smoriginas (2007/9) is represented by Rayfield Allied.
Krzysztof Szumanski (2006/8) represents himself.
Robert Gleadow (2005/7) is represented by IMG Artists.
Lukas Jakobski (2009/11) is represented by Maxine Robertson Management.
Darren Jeffery (2001/3) is represented by Ingpen & Williams.
Vuyani Mlinde (2007/9) is represented by Intermusica.
Matthew Rose (2003/5) is represented by Askonas Holt.
Catriona Beveridge (2006/8) represents herself.
Timothy Burke (2006/8) is Chorus Master at Opera North.
Dominic Grier (2008/10) is represented by Athole Still.
Andrew Griffiths (2006/8) represents himself.
Adrian Kelly (2002/4) is represented on Opera Base.
Volker Krafft (2010/12) is on the music staff at Hamburg State Opera.
Rory Macdonald (2004/6) is represented by Intermusica.
Steven Moore (2008/10) is represented on Opera Base.
Jean-Paul Pruna (2010/12) represents himself.
Susanna Stranders (2004/6) represents herself.
Daniele Rustioni (2008/10) is represented by Interarts Riviera SA.
Yuval Zorn (2002/4) is represented by Karsten Witt Musikmanagement.
Rodula Gaitanou (2010/11) is represented by Loesje Sanders Ltd.
Thomas Guthrie (2007/9) represents himself.
André Heller-Lopes (2003/5) represents himself.
José Dario Innella (2009/11) represents himself.
Tomasz Konina (2002) represents himself
Vera Petrova (2007/9) is Deputy Manager at Sofia National Opera.