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Five new singers to join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2014

Programme offers tailored coaching and instruction for promising singers at the start of their career.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

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.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

6 January 2014 at 12.00pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged James Platt, Jette Parker Young Artists, Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, JPYA, Lauren Fagan, new intakes, Samuel Dale Johnson, Samuel Sakker, young artists, Yury Yurchuk

This article has 7 comments

  1. Helen Withers responded on 6 January 2014 at 10:56pm Reply

    Heartiest Congratulations to Samuel Sakker on his selection in the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. I have known Samuel all his life and I am so Happy for him. Well done. xxxxx

  2. This is fantastic for Lauren Fagan, Sam Sakker & Sam Johnson who are all Melba Opera trust alumni - recent scholars with the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust head-quarted in Melbourne, Australia.
    We are very proud of their achievements.
    Hopefully I will catch up with them in London at the start of June . Rob Logie-Smith Chairman, DNMOT

  3. emma matthews responded on 7 January 2014 at 10:23am Reply

    Congratulations to all the Young Artists.. Three Australians! Fabulous! Special congratulations to Sam Sakker.. such a glorious voice, and exciting potential.. I wish you all the best Sam.. May all your dreams come true. Emma Matthews x

  4. Judy Campbell responded on 8 January 2014 at 1:50am Reply

    A wonderful achievement for the the Young Artists. Special congratulations to Samuel Sakker from your friends and supporters in Sydney. Judy Campbell, Director, Jewish Arts Inc.

  5. Agie Oser responded on 8 January 2014 at 3:31am Reply

    Many congratulations to Samuel Sakker. Great achievement. Looking forward to hearing you at all the great opera houses of the world.
    Agie and Robert Oser
    NSTE Sydney

  6. A wonderful achievement by all the Young Artists. Personal congratulation to Samuel Sakker, an outstanding young man with a wonderful voice. Friends in Greece - Miriam & Peter Howell , Kifissia.

  7. Sadie Rucker responded on 9 January 2014 at 2:27am Reply

    Congratulations to Yury Yurchuk! Yuriy studies with a fabulous teacher, Marc Embree at De Paul University in Chicago. He sang the Four Villains in our Martina Arroyo Young Artist program production of Les Contes d'Hoffman last summer and was fabulous both vocally and dramatically. We wish him great success! Mark and Sadie Rucker

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