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Meet the Jette Parker Young Artists

‘Young' Artist is in a way a misnomer. They may be at the start of their careers, but they are neither fresh out of school nor inexperienced. All have worked with professional companies and have completed a college degree. They could easily make their way in a career outside of the Programme, but have come to the Royal Opera House in order to refine their skills over a period of up to two years. The Programme normally includes ten singers, a conductor, a répétiteur and a stage director, although the configuration may be different during some seasons.

The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme is headed by Elaine Kidd, supported by Artistic Director David Gowland, Administrator Siri Fischer Hansen and two Assistants

The Jette Parker Young Artists for the 2017/18 season are:


Aigul Akhmetshina – mezzo-soprano
Thomas Atkins – tenor
Francesca Chiejina – soprano
Konu Kim – tenor
Haegee Lee – soprano
Gyula Nagy – baritone
Dominic Sedgwick – baritone
Simon Shibambu – bass
Angela Simkin – mezzo-soprano
Jacquelyn Stucker – soprano

Music Staff

Nick Fletcher – Associate opera répétiteur
James Hendry – Opera conductor/répétiteur
Matthew Scott Rogers – Ballet conductor

Stage Director

Noa Naamat

Anthony Almeida
Sonia Ben-Santamaria
Sarah-Jane Lewis

The singers who will join the Programme in September 2018 are:

Germán E Alcántara – baritone
Michael Mofidian – bass-baritone
Patrick Terry – counter-tenor
Yaritza Véliz – soprano
Hongni Wu – mezzo-soprano

The music staff who will join the Programme in September 2018 are:

Patrick Milne – Opera Conductor/répétiteur
Edmund Whitehead – Conductor/répétiteur
Jonathan Lo – Ballet Conductor
Thomas Payne – Ballet Conductor

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