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.