‘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 run by Artistic Director David Gowland and Administrator Siri Fischer Hansen, with Assistant Abigail Ellison.
The Jette Parker Young Artists for the 2014/15 season are:
Lauren Fagan – soprano
Luis Gomes – tenor
Anush Hovhannisyan – soprano
Kiandra Howarth – soprano
Samuel Dale Johnson – baritone
Nadezhda Karyazina – mezzo-soprano
Rachel Kelly – mezzo-soprano
James Platt – bass
Samuel Sakker – tenor
Yuriy Yurchuk – bass-baritone
Jette Parker Associate Conductor