Friday 17 July 2020

2020/21 cohort of Young Artists and Emerging Artists at the National Opera Studio

The National Opera Studio (NOS) has announced its cohort of Young Artists for 2020/2021.
The National Opera Studio (NOS) has announced its cohort of Young Artists for 2020/2021. Those Young Artists in the 2019/2020 cohort have continued training despite lockdown, albeit in a modified form and missing out on several planned concerts and residences. In the light of this, the NOS will be inviting all 2019/20 Young Artists back to attend auditions and events, take advantage rehearsal space and recording facilities, and will be giving a number of those staying in London a package of coaching support which they can use around any work opportunities that they may have. Freelance artists at the start of their careers have been hit hardest financially, and the NOS hopes to help by continuing to offer training.

The 2020/2021 Young Artists are Monica McGhee (soprano), a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) and the Royal College of Music (RCM), Arlene Belli (mezzo-soprano), who studied at the Malipiero Institute, Padua, and Santa Cecilia Conservatoire, Rome, Judith Le Breuilly (mezzo-soprano), a graduate of the RCS and RCM, Philip Cleve (tenor), a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Monwabisi Lindi (tenor) who studied at Vocal Department at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Pretoria, Jolyon Loy (baritone), who studied at the Royal Academy of Music and RCS as well as being an alumnus of the Verbier Festival's Atelier Lyrique, Jevan McAuley (baritone), who studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Thomas Hopkinson (bass), a graduate of the RNCM, along with repetiteurs Marlowe Fitzpatrick, an Australian who recently completed a residency as Organist of St Mark’s English Church, Florence, Nadia Kisseleva, who studied at the Gnessins' Russian Academy of Music and the RNCM, Aeron Preston, who read Music at St John's College, Cambridge,  and Maria Tataru, who studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Under a new scheme, there are also two Emerging Artists, placements provided especially for two singers from under-represented backgrounds who show significant talent and will benefit from a year of bespoke NOS training. This year's Emerging Artists are Molly Barker (mezzo-soprano), who initially studied Agriculture before training at the RNCM, and Neil Balfour (bass-baritone) who studied at the RNCM.

The 2019/20 Young Artists were deprived of their end of year celebratory concert, and instead have put together an on-line which is available on YouTube for a limited time.

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