Young Artists Program
Since 1998, Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program has trained 116 artists. Alumni have won nearly every major operatic competition in the country, and many can regularly be seen on opera stages across the United States and throughout the world.
During its 50th Anniversary season, Seattle Opera has proudly cast former Young Artists in 14 mainstage roles. And in an effort to support emerging singers specifically suited to the Wagnerian repertoire, the company will again host its International Wagner Competition on August 7, 2014, searching for and promoting the next wave of outstanding, young Wagnerian singers.
The Young Artists Program (on temporary hiatus since June 2013) was established to provide career guidance and training for young professional singers. In addition to musical and dramatic coaching, the production-based curriculum included master classes, auditions, networking, and complete role study. During their residency, the Young Artists were cast in appropriate roles for Seattle Opera’s mainstage productions. The Young Artists’ season also involved a fall touring production (taking opera to Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, to many parts of Washington outside the Puget Sound area, and even into Canada), art song recitals, and a fully staged production or concert with orchestra . Please see past productions and the most recent Viva Verdi! concert.
Seattle Opera maintains its strong commitment to emerging artists. With continued support from our donor family, Seattle Opera remains focused on cultivating the next generation of opera singers, who will bring this great art form to future audiences.
See a complete listing of Young Artists since the program’s inception in 1998.
Engaging operas with vibrant young singers! Explore our archive of Young Artists Program operas from over the years.