Opera Holland Park is committed to identifying and nurturing young talent through our Young Artists Scheme.
The Young Artists Scheme at Opera Holland Park was launched in 2011 to give young emerging professional singers, conductors, directors and répétiteurs the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a professional environment. Unlike many other training or talent development programmes, the Young Artists are given a full rehearsal process, culminating in a public main-stage performance with chorus and orchestra to a paying audience. In 2016 and 2017, the Young Artists performance of La bohème and Don Giovanni respectively were both sold out.
The rehearsals run alongside the main cast rehearsals, allowing the Young Artists to dip in and out of the main cast rehearsals as much as possible. The Young Artists are mentored and developed by the full production team including directors, conductors, répétiteurs and the Head of Music, as well as having a dedicated language coach. From 2017, this has included one-on-one coaching and mentoring from established professional opera singers. For many, it is their first full working experience with a professional opera company.
Tickets are offered at a reduced price, but the performance is otherwise billed and promoted as for any other main-stage performance. The scheme provides networking opportunities with a wide range of industry professionals, critics, agents and guests who are invited to the performance with a networking reception afterwards.
The Young Artist Scheme opens doors into the industry for the individuals involved and its success can be seen in the career progression of its alumni. In 2017, two of the Conductors, one Director and eleven singers in the main-stage productions started out on the Young Artist Scheme. In addition, alumni have made their mark at many of the opera houses in the UK and further afield, being recognised with prestigious awards, and forging successful international careers.
The success of the Opera Holland Park Young Artists Scheme was noted by the International Opera Awards in 2016, with the original funder Christine Collins winning a special posthumous philanthropy award.
Young Artists 2018
This year’s Young Artist Performance will be La traviata on 11 June 2018.
Associate Conductor Harry Sever
Associate Director Cecilia Stinton
Violetta Alison Langer
Giorgio Germont Aidan Edwards
Flora Emma Stannard
Annina Alys Roberts
Gastone Michael Bradley
Barone Douphol James Corrigan
Marchese d’Obigny Felix Kemp
Dottore Grenvil Aaron O’Hare
Alfredo will be played by former Young Artist, Stephen Aviss
Ahead of the announcement, our Young Artists answered some quick-fire questions on our blog. Click here to find out more about who they are and what they’re most looking forward to about being an Opera Holland Park Young Artist.
Young Artists Feedback
Previous Young Artist Performances
“I loved the Young Artists programme at OHP. I thought it was a well-structured and balanced introduction to the profession, giving young singers a fantastic starting platform. It also allowed me to meet amazing colleagues and people I’ll hopefully work with in future.” – Eleanor Sanderson-Nash, Young Artist 2017
“The OHP Young Artists programme was a revelation. It was my first professional contract with an opera company and it provided a really supportive atmosphere to make my debut on a major London stage.” – Joel Williams, Young Artist 2017
“The Young Artist performance at OHP is in no sense a ‘cover show’. It’s a special opportunity to experience all the demands (and excitement!) of a full show and for the audience to meet the next generation of performers. I can’t wait to be there with them in the summer!” – Ashley Riches, Don Giovanni in the Young Artists Performance of Don Giovanni, 2017
“In my experience the few companies that maintain a young artists programme tend to use their participants as covers for the principal roles of the season with the occasional master class and coaching sessions thrown in. Opera Holland Park offers all of this but in addition, those lucky enough to be selected for the programme are given the chance to take part in a full public performance of one of the season’s operas preceded by working sessions with the orchestra. I believe this to be a unique situation in the UK – providing a wonderful opportunity for the singers; the value of which is incalculable. Long may it continue.” – Steuart Bedford, Conductor, 2014
“There is just one young artists performance, and the impressive thing was how complete and well rounded [each of the singers’] performances were. All the young singers are on a journey to their final mature destination, but these young artists showed a strong grasp of the essentials of performing Mozart.” – Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill (on Young Artists Performance of Don Giovanni, 2017)
“In its 16 years to date Opera Holland Park has rarely stood still. One of this year’s initiatives involves a performance in which the cast of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi will be replaced by younger singers, fully rehearsed but performing at reduced prices – a novelty that would be good to catch on elsewhere.” – Richard Fairman, Financial Times (on the inaugural Christine Collins Young Artists in 2012)
The Young Artists production for 2018 is La traviata on 11 June 2018. To find out more about the 2018 Season, click here.
Opera Holland Park Young Artists Alumni
2012 Gianni Schicchi (Puccini) Matthew Waldren (Conductor) 2013 Madama Butterfly (Puccini) Natalie Murray (Conductor) 2014 Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) & The Turn of the Screw (Britten) Dane Lam (Conductor) 2015 Lakmé (Delibes) Holly Mathieson (Conductor) 2016 La bohème (Puccini) Paul Wingfield (Conductor) 2017 Don Giovanni (Mozart) Harry Ogg (Conductor) For more information, and details on how to get involved please email email@example.com.
Oliver Platt (Director)
Emma Rivlin (Director)
Harry Ogg (Conductor)
Deborah Cohen (Director)
Fiona Williams (Director)
Fleur de Bray
John Wilkie (Director)
Rosie Purdie (Director)
Julien Van Mellaerts
Roxana Haines (Director)
Yu Su (Répétiteur)
Darwin Leonard Prakash
2012 Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
Matthew Waldren (Conductor)
2013 Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Natalie Murray (Conductor)
2014 Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) & The Turn of the Screw (Britten)
Dane Lam (Conductor)
2015 Lakmé (Delibes)
Holly Mathieson (Conductor)
2016 La bohème (Puccini)
Paul Wingfield (Conductor)
2017 Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Harry Ogg (Conductor)
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