6 January 2014 at 12.00pm | 7 Comments
Following a rigorous audition process, five new singers have been selected to join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2014.
Australian soprano Lauren Fagan, Australian baritone Samuel Dale Johnson, British bass James Platt, Australian tenor Samuel Sakker and Ukrainian bass-baritone Yuriy Yurchuk were selected from more than 390 applicants in 58 countries to join the Programme.
The audition process comprised three rounds; the 12 finalists passed two panel auditions and a one-to-one coaching session with JPYA Artistic Director David Gowland, before singing on the main stage in front of a panel that included Music Director Antonio Pappano and Director of The Royal Opera Kasper Holten.
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. Former Jette Parker Young Artists include Marina Poplavskaya, Elisabeth Meister and Matthew Rose. At the end each year, their work is showcased in a JPYA Summer Performance. Find out more about the annual main stage performance.
The five new singers will join sopranos Anush Hovhannisyan and Kiandra Howarth, mezzo-sopranos Nadezhda Karyazina and Rachel Kelly, tenor Luis Gomes and stage director Greg Eldridge, who remain on the Programme for their second year. The Young Artists opened the Season with the UK premiere of El gato con botas and regularly participate in free lunchtime recitals.
The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme also offers positions for music staff; auditions for music staff positions for the 2014 intake will be held at the end of January. 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.