Find out about how you can get involved with the Jette Parker Artists Programme

Auditions for the Jette Parker Artists Programme

We hold auditions for singers every season and Stage Directors, Opera and Ballet Conductors and Opera Répétiteurs every second season.

In 2021/2022 we will be auditioning for the following artists for two-year programmes beginning in September 2022:

Singers – applications open in July 2021 with auditions in London in September 2021 and January 2022.

Opera Conductors and Répétiteurs – applications open in February 2022 with auditions in London in May 2022.

Stage Directors – applications open in March 2022 with auditions in London in May 2022.


Observerships are opportunities for early career creatives and musicians to experience first-hand moments in The Royal Opera’s rehearsal processes. 

In the 2021/22 Season there will be the following observership opportunities: 

  • Directing 
  • Conducting 
  • Lighting 
Jette Parker Artists Programme writing opportunities  

There are two writing opportunities in the 21/22 season:

Site-specific micro operas for Europalia Trains & Tracks Festival

Applications close Monday 6 December 10am GMT

Lost & Found is a series of pop-up opera performances in partnership with Belgium’s Casco Phil as part of the Europalia Trains & Tracks Festival. 

We will commission several short works for a small ensemble of singers and instrumentalists to perform on location at St Pancras International on 8 March 2022 to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Writing teams will respond to the travelling experiences of the public to create 5-minute operas ranging from solo arias to short scenes around the theme of railway travel.

Crush Room recitals

Every Season the Jette Parker Artists perform solo recitals in the intimate setting of the Royal Opera House Crush Room. We are keen to premiere new songs by women and gender minority composers and writers for classical voice and piano. More information will be available online from 1 February 2022.

Women Conductors

The Jette Parker Artists Programme offers training opportunities for emerging women conductors in opera and ballet. Applications have now closed for the 2021 course.

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Women Conductors Course 2021

10am – 6pm Wednesday 21, Thursday 22, Friday 23 July
Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House

The Jette Parker Artists Programme is offering early career women conductors the opportunity to work with three of the UK’s foremost conductor-teachers. They will dedicate three days to nurture the next generation of opera conducting talent.

About the course

Sian Edwards, Jessica Cottis and Alice Farnham will support participants to work with the City of London Sinfonia and guest singers on extracts from Verdi’s La traviata and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro for a reduced orchestration of 16 players.  

A maximum of 6 conductors per opera will be selected to participate. Candidates should familiarise themselves with the whole opera, and will be invited to work on sections of pre-agreed excerpts. Sessions will be led in turn by all three course leaders in a masterclass format with podium time followed by 1-on-1 reflection with the different leaders. Candidates will work on either La traviata or The Marriage of Figaro and will observe the sessions on the other repertory. 

A group online preparatory session of 90 minutes on each of the repertoire pieces will be offered on Monday 12 or Tuesday 13 July 2021.

Women Opera Makers

Monday 7–Friday 11 December 2020, 10am–5pm
Online Women’s Empowerment Course led by Katie Mitchell

This course provided an opportunity for women working in opera as conductors, directors, composers and librettists to examine the contexts in which they work and hone strategies to forge a successful career. The week looked at a wide range of topics from the political to the more personal. Legal frameworks, cultural contexts and pay structures were be explored alongside rigorous self-assessments, business planning, and the management of professional narratives.

Diverse Directors

The Royal Opera is committed to storytelling excellence.  The Jette Parker Artists Programme continues to work with a large cohort of stage directors to help them transfer their skills from theatre to opera and navigate the specific challenges of the artform.   

With the current curtailment of live performances we remain committed to the development of those we are already engaged with, and new opportunities will be planned once performances have resumed more fully.

If you would like to know about future opportunities for directors, please complete this online form.

We particularly welcome interest from artists under-represented in our talent pool and within the wider sector.

Associate Lighting Designer Opportunity

We have identified an exciting opportunity to an aspiring Lighting Designer at an early stage in their career, working with renowned Lighting Designer Lucy Carter on the Jette Parker Artists production of Mavra/Pierrot lunaire in the Linbury Theatre with director Anthony Almeida and designer Rosanna Vize. Working closely with the Lighting Designer, the Head of Lighting Operations, and the Linbury Technical Manager you will actively contribute to the lighting design process, ensuring that it is delivered to the highest production standards. Applications for this opportunity are now closed.

The Jette Parker Artists Programme is generously supported by Oak Foundation

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