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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:

Sopranos

Anna Devin, Susana Gaspar, 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

Mezzo-sopranos

Tove Dahlberg, Justina Gringyte, Liora Grodnikaite, Hanna Hipp, Ekaterina Gubanova, Monika-Evelin Liiv, Kai Rüütel

Tenors

Pablo Bemsch, 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

Baritones

Grant Doyle, Jared Holt,  Jacques Imbrailo, Dawid Kimberg, Changhan Lim, ZhengZhong Zhou

Bass-baritones

Daniel Grice, Kostas Smoriginas, Krzysztof Szumanski

Basses

Robert Gleadow, Lukas Jakobski, Darren Jeffery, Jihoon Kim, Vuyani Mlinde, Matthew Rose

Stage Directors

Harry Fehr, Rodula Gaitanou, Thomas Guthrie, José Dario Innella, Tomasz Konina, André Heller-Lopes, Pedro Ribeiro, Vera Petrova

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)

Dominic Grier, Helen Nicholas

Former Young Artists agent contacts

Sopranos

Anna Devin (2010/12) is represented by Harrison Parrott

Susana Gaspar (2011/13) is represented by Askonas Holt

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 Intermusica

Sally Matthews  (2001/3) is represented by Maxine Robertson Management

Elisabeth Meister (2009/11) is represented by Zemsky Green Artists Management

Simona Mihai (2008/10) represents herself

Eri Nakamura (2008/10) is represented by Intermusica

Victoria Nava (2003/5) represents herself

Madeleine Pierard (2010/12) is represented by Music International

Marina Poplavskaya (2005/7) is represented by Zemsky Green Artists Management

Ailish Tynan (2002/4) is represented by Steven Swales Artist Management

Katie Van Kooten (2004/6) is represented by IMG Artists

Anita Watson (2007/9) is represented by Opera-Connection (Europe) and Arts Management Pty (Australasia)

Mezzo-Sopranos

Tove Dahlberg (2002/4) is represented by Nordic Artists Management

Justina Gringyte (2011/13) is represented by Harrison Parrott

Liora Grodnikaite (2004/6) is represented on Opera Base

Hanna Hipp (2011/13) is represented by IMG

Ekaterina Gubanova (2002/4) is represented on Opera Arts

Monika-Evelin Liiv (2007/9) is represented on Opera Base

Kai Rüütel (2009/11) is represented by Intermusica

Tenors

Pablo Bemsch (2011/13) represents himself

Alfie Boe (2001/2) is represented by The Agency Group

Steven Ebel (2009/11) is represented by James Black Management

James Edwards (2003/5) 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

Nikola Matišić (2005/7) is represented by Svenska Konsertbyrån

Edgaras Montvidas (2001/3) is represented by Maxine Robertson Management

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

Baritones

Grant Doyle (2001/3) is represented by Rayfield Allied

Jared Holt (2003/5) represents himself

Jacques Imbrailo (2006/8) is represented by Intermusica

Dawid Kimberg (2009/11) is represented by Intermusica

Changhan Lim (2008/10) is represented by Musichall Ltd

ZhengZhong Zhou (2010/12) is represented by Askonas Holt

Bass-Baritones

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

Basses

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

Jihoon Kim (2011/13) represents himself

Vuyani Mlinde (2007/9) is represented by Intermusica

Matthew Rose (2003/5) is represented by Askonas Holt

Music Staff

Catriona Beveridge (2006/8) represents herself

Timothy Burke (2006/8) represents himself

Oliver Gooch (2004/6) is represented by Hazard Chase

Dominic Grier (2008/10) is represented by Athole Still

Andrew Griffiths (2006/8) represents himself

Adrian Kelly (2002/4) is represented by Encompass Arts

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

Helen Nicholas (2012/13) represents herself

Geoffrey Paterson (2010/12) is represented by Rayfield Allied

Jean-Paul Pruna (2010/12) is represented by Agence Janie Lalande

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

Stage Directors

Harry Fehr (2005/7) is represented by Caroline Phillips

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

Pedro Ribeiro (2011/13) represents himself