Young Artists Scheme

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.

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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)
Oliver Platt (Director)
Elizabeth Rossiter
Christina Petrou
Laura Woods
Adam Tunnicliffe
Leonel Pinheiro
Maud Miller
Aidan Smith
Timothy Dickinson
Laurence Meikle
Chloe Hinton
Nathan Morrison
Timothy Connor
Alistair Sutherland
Ian Beadle

2013 Madama Butterfly (Puccini)

Natalie Murray (Conductor)
Emma Rivlin (Director)
Luis Gomes
Maria Fiselier
Peter Davoren
Ben McAteer
Katie Slater
Marcin Gesla
Dominic Kraemer
Danny Standing
Maria Krywaniuk
Ian Beadle
Alistair Sutherland
Ruth Trawford
Joanne Roughton-Arnold
Rebecca Hardwick

2014 Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) & The Turn of the Screw (Britten) 

Dane Lam (Conductor)
Harry Ogg (Conductor)
Deborah Cohen (Director)
Fiona Williams (Director)
Chloë Treharne
Rosanne Havel
Fleur de Bray
Bradley Smith
Tom Asher
Fiona Mackay
Emily Blanch
Nick Pritchard
René Bloice-Sanders
Ashley Mercer
Philip Voldman

2015 Lakmé (Delibes)

Holly Mathieson (Conductor)
John Wilkie (Director)
Sophie Dicks
Frederick Long
Dominick Felix
Rachael Brimley
Adam Gilbert
Rosie Middleton
Laura Zigmantaite
Katherine Blumenthal

 

2016 La bohème (Puccini)

Paul Wingfield (Conductor)
Rosie Purdie (Director)
Ben-San Lau
Alice Privett
Stephen Aviss
Christopher Cull
Elizabeth Karani
Richard Walshe
Julien Van Mellaerts

2017 Don Giovanni (Mozart) 

Harry Ogg (Conductor)
Roxana Haines (Director)
Yu Su (Répétiteur)
Darwin Leonard Prakash
Julia Hamon
Joel Williams
Nardus Williams
Vedat Dalgiran
Eleanor Sanderson-Nash
Ricardo Panela

For more information, and details on how to get involved please email production@operahollandpark.com.