3 February 2015 at 5.00pm | Comment on this article
Five new singers have been selected to join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2015.
Russian soprano Vlada Borovko, Irish soprano Jennifer Davis, Australian mezzo-soprano Emily Edmonds, Korean tenor David Junghoon Kim and British bass David Shipley were selected from more than 370 applicants from 59 countries.
The selection process, which began in August 2014, included preliminary auditions in London or Vienna and a one-to-one coaching session with the Programme’s Artistic Director David Gowland. A shortlist of just 12 singers made the final stage, auditioning on the Royal Opera House main stage in front a panel that included The Royal Opera’s Music Director Antonio Pappano and Director of Opera Kasper Holten.
Gerard Jones has been selected to join the Programme as Stage Director, from a field of more than 40 applicants.
The Jette Parker Young Artists work as salaried members of The Royal Opera for a two-year period, during which time they perform in a variety of main-stage productions, concerts and recitals, as well as covering lead roles. They also receive coaching in all opera disciplines, including role interpretation, language and stagecraft.
There are numerous opportunities to meet the Young Artists throughout the Season, including lunchtime recitals, Meet the Young Artists Week, which includes a fully staged production, and the JPYA Summer Performance.
The new singers will join soprano Lauren Fagan, baritone Samuel Dale Johnson, bass James Platt, tenor Samuel Sakker, bass-baritone Yuriy Yurchuk, conductor/répétiteur Jonathan Santagada and ballet pianist Colin J. Scott, who remain on the Programme for their second year.
Singer auditions for next Season’s intake will next be held in November/December 2015 for start in September 2016. Find out more about how to apply for the Programme.
The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme is supported by Oak Foundation. Find out more about the Programme.