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New Royal Opera Jette Parker Young Artists for 2018/19 announced

Nine new artists will join the Company's professional development programme in September 2018.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

16 January 2018 at 2.59pm | 9 Comments

The Royal Opera has announced the latest musicians 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. They 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

In addition, four new music staff will also join the programme at the same time:

  • Hong Kong-born British conductor Jonathan Lo
  • British conductor/répétiteur Patrick Milne
  • British conductor Thomas Payne
  • British conductor/répétiteur Edmund Whitehead

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.

[Updated 30/8/18 with the addition of four new music staff]

The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme is generously supported by Oak Foundation.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

16 January 2018 at 2.59pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Edmund Whitehead, German E Alcantara, Hongni Wu, Jette Parker Young Artists, Jonathan Lo, Michael Mofidian, Patrick Milne, Patrick Terry, Thomas Payne, training, Yaritza Veliz

This article has 9 comments

  1. Chantal de Spot responded on 16 January 2018 at 4:55pm Reply

    Congratulation to German Enrique Alcantara that we know well and who has generously given a recital for our Association Domusica at the Grand Foyer of La Monnaie in Brussels!
    Bravo German ! tu es fantastique ...

  2. Guillermo Enrique Cribb responded on 16 January 2018 at 11:41pm Reply

    ¡Excelente incorporación la del argentino Germán Alcántara!

  3. Silvia Nasiff responded on 17 January 2018 at 2:20am Reply

    Bravooooo Germán!!! Fue una alegría y un honor tenerte en la Cátedra de la UnCuyo. Finalmente todo fue por algo. Abrazo grande y fuerte.

  4. Dona D. Vaughn responded on 17 January 2018 at 2:59am Reply

    Impressed by the diversity of your selections. What a wonderful opportunity for these talented young singers!
    Dona D. Vaughn
    Artistic Director of Opera
    Manhattan School of Music
    Artistic Director
    Opera Maine
    Artistic Director
    Bel Canto in Tuscany

  5. Geoff responded on 17 January 2018 at 6:42am Reply

    Perhaps it would be better to illustrate this article with a photograph showing the singers chosen, rather than one showing other singers?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 17 January 2018 at 10:20am

      Hi Geoff,

      With the singers not having yet joined the Company, we don't yet have a group shot of them, and so used an image reflecting the programme, rather than the specific individuals concerned.

      Each new singer will have an artist page in due course, where you'll be able to find out more about them.

      Best wishes,


  6. Jose A. Staneff responded on 17 January 2018 at 10:57am Reply

    Que alegría saber que continúa este maravilloso programa del que tuve la suerte de participar. ..Saludos y que sigan los éxitos! !!

  7. Joan Patenaude-Yarnell responded on 17 January 2018 at 3:57pm Reply

    I am thrilled beyond words for Hongni Wu who will graduate from Manhattan School of Music this May. What a wonderful step for her at this crucial time in her career. I will miss having her in my Studio but champion this wonderful opportunity.

    Joan Patenaude-Yarnell
    Voice Faculites
    Curtis Institute of Music
    Manhattan School of Music

  8. María Mattus responded on 26 January 2018 at 11:42am Reply

    Un abrazo Yaritza!!! felicitaciones,estos es sólo el inicio

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