The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme is designed to support the artistic development of talented singers at the beginning of their career. Young Artists are employed as salaried members of The Royal Opera over a two-year period, during which time they are immersed in the life of the Royal Opera House to help them form their own artistic identity and give them guidance on their trajectory through the business.
The Young Artists participate in a specially-tailored programme, which includes extensive daily coaching in languages, stagecraft and vocal techniques, alongside preparing cover roles, and performing concerts and smaller roles on the main stage.
The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme is generously supported by Oak Foundation.
How to apply for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme
There is not an upper or lower age limit for the Programme. However, applicants should bear in mind that the Programme is intended to benefit extremely gifted individuals at the start of their professional careers. Singers, conductors or répétiteurs are expected to have some performance experience and to have completed training at an established music college (although this is not an essential requirement). Stage directors are expected to have some experience in mounting productions, either as a director or an assistant director.
The Royal Opera House is an equal opportunities employer and the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme is actively seeking to employ artists currently under-represented in the opera world. This includes minorities and disabled people.
Stage Director Interviews
Applications are now being accepted for interviews in March to find a new stage director to start in September 2017. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 7 March, with a second practical round on Friday 10 March. For details of the opportunity, please see the advertisement and job description. Applications must be submitted via the YAP Tracker website with the option of submitting additional supporting material directly to the JPYAP Office. There is no need to subscribe to YAP Tracker to apply; register for free here .
Music Staff Auditions
Auditions will next be held in early 2018 to find candidates to start in autumn 2018. Conductors and répétiteurs interested in taking part in the auditions should send their contact details to the Auditions Coordinator at JPYAPAdministrator@roh.org.uk, asking to be added to the Music Staff Audition Mailing List. They will then be sent information when the application process reopens in autumn 2017. Please do not send any further material at this stage.
For information about the format of the auditions, please read the FAQs and the guidelines for the 2016 auditions below.
- Guidelines for opera applicants
- Guidelines for ballet applicants
- Frequently Asked Questions – Music staff.
For further information, contact the Auditions Coordinator at JPYAPAssistant@roh.org.uk