ROH Announces 2018 Jette Parker Young Artists

The 2018 Jette Parker Young Artists are:

Chilean soprano, Yaritza VÈliz

Chinese mezzo-soprano, Hongni Wu

American countertenor, Patrick Terry

Argentinean baritone, Germ·n E Alc·ntara

Scottish-Iranian bass-baritone, Michael Mofidian

The audition process for the selection of the Jette Parker Young Artists
began in August 2017, with applications processed through the YAP Tracker
website. Seventy-one artists were selected and 65 sang in the first of
three rounds, with 27 progressing to the second round, which involved a
one-to-one coaching session with David Gowland, Artistic Director of the
Programme, plus a panel audition with Oliver Mears, Director of Opera,
Peter Katona, Director of Casting and Richard Hetherington, Head of Music
for The Royal Opera, as well as Australian soprano Yvonne Kenny, Elaine
Kidd, Head of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, and David Gowland.
A final shortlist of 12 singers auditioned on the main stage in front of a
panel comprising Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, Oliver
Mears, Peter Katona, Richard Hetherington, Yvonne Kenny, Elaine Kidd, David
Gowland and Siri Fischer Hansen, Administrator of the Programme.

The five new Young Artists will join the six who continue on the Programme
into their second year next Season: sopranos Haegee Lee and Jacquelyn
Stucker, mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina, tenor Konu Kim, baritone Dominic
Sedgwick and stage director Noa Naamat. Auditions for music staff positions
for the 2018 intake will be held at the end of March/early April, as Nick
Fletcher, James Hendry and Matthew Scott Rogers complete the Programme in

The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme supports the artistic development
of young professional singers, conductors, directors and rÈpÈtiteurs. The
Young Artists are an international group of outstanding professionals at
the start of their careers who have undertaken formal training and have
already worked with professional companies. They are not students, but
contracted, salaried employees of the Royal Opera House, who work here
full-time over two years.

There is no age limit for those on the Programme, but when choosing the
Young Artists the audition panel takes into consideration the stage
individuals have reached in their careers and where they will be in terms
of career development and age after working for two years on the Programme.

The Young Artists work on productions for The Royal Opera, singing small
roles and covering larger roles, or joining the music or directing staff.
They also receive coaching in all opera disciplines. They work with Royal
Opera music staff, a wide range of freelance music and language coaches and
visiting singers, directors and conductors. Every facility of the Company
is made available to them so that their talents are nurtured through total
immersion in the life of The Royal Opera and the Royal Opera House.

The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme is made possible thanks to the
exceptional generosity of Oak Foundation who have supported the Programme
since 2005. It was recently announced that Oak Foundation have extended
their commitment, ensuring the future of the Programme for another ten

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