Opera North's Executive Director Pamela Pantos and Artistic Director Louis Burkot shared their insights about the audition and application process with YAP Tracker. Click here to read the interview.
Opera North’s Young Artists Program
Opera North’s 2012 Young Artists
Opera North’s Young Artist Program has grown in stature and prominence on a national scale as indicated by the recent listing on OperaPulse.com as one of “The Best Summer Opera Programs.” From over 1,000 applicants, fifteen singers, three pianists, two directors, and two stage managers were selected from highly competitive auditions and interviews in nine cities across the country.
Since its inception in 1983, 350 singers and 50 conductors and directors have participated in the program and a select group of these artists have made major debuts at important opera companies around the world, including: The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, La Scala, and The Royal Opera House.
Opera North's Young Artist Program is distinguished from other apprentice programs in the variety and quality of the opportunities provided. For six weeks, Opera North Young Artists are placed in an environment that is nurturing and beneficial. They are treated as professionals and provided with compensation and a comfortable place to live, freeing them to concentrate on their personal musical and professional advancement.
The focus of the Program is on education through performance, which comes from an opportunity to: perform and cover appropriate roles in both main stage productions of the Opera North season, take on leading roles in the Young Artist productions, and work with world-class directors, designers, and conductors in both rehearsals and classes. Click here to learn more about the program from two former Young Artists in a special video.
Young Artists return to the Upper Valley as part of ON’s Education and Outreach Programs throughout the year. They perform for over 3,000 students and adults in schools and free public performances.
Click here to learn how to support the Young Artists Program as an Angel.