The much sought after programme was established in 2011 and since then it has nurtured and showcased up-and-coming singers and conductors from across Ireland. Since 2011, 19 local singers and 1 conductor have participated in the programme, many of whom have gone on to make their solo debuts with Northern Ireland Opera and other opera companies.
The programme offers four singers or creative artists the opportunity to develop their skills whilst being supported at a transitional stage in their careers. The participants work closely with the company and have regular coaching and training with Vocal Coach Giselle Allen and visiting coaches at the top of their professions – these include coaches from the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, the Royal Academy of Music, the National Opera Studio, and pianist and song expert Iain Burnside.
Members of the Young Artists Programme also perform at events, understudy roles in operas, travel to London to attend coachings and operas, and assist with the company’s outreach activities. The training and mentoring that they receive develops their technique and confidence and sets clear goals, bridging the gap between undergraduate degrees and further study particularly for highly competitive masters courses.
The Young Artists Programme 2016-17 is generously supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The Foyle Foundation, The Idlewild Trust and The Garrick Charitable Trust.