16 January 2018 at 2.59pm | 9 Comments
The Royal Opera has announced the latest singers to join its professional development programme, the Jette Parker Young Artists.
Five new singers will join the Company in September 2018. They were chosen from more than 440 applicants from 59 countries and will join six others who continue on the Programme into their second year next Season. The new artists for 2018/19 are:
- Chilean soprano Yaritza Véliz
- Chinese mezzo-soprano Hongni Wu
- American countertenor Patrick Terry
- Argentinean baritone German E. Alcántara
- Scottish-Iranian bass-baritone Michael Mofidian
The Jette Parker Young Artist programme is designed to support the artistic development of talented singers at the beginning of their career. Young Artists are employed as salaried members of The Royal Opera over a two-year period, during which time they are immersed in the life of the Royal Opera House to help them form their own artistic identity and give them guidance on their trajectory through the business.
The performers participate in a specially-tailored programme, which includes extensive daily coaching in languages, stagecraft and vocal techniques, alongside preparing cover roles, and performing concerts and smaller roles on the main stage.
Auditions for music staff to join the programme in September 2018 will take place in March/April.
The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme is generously supported by Oak Foundation.