At Opera Holland Park we are unique in our commitment to developing talent through our Young Artists scheme. We believe that offering emerging artists the same opportunities, support and access as established performers is an integral part of their development.


Why is the Opera Holland Park Young Artists scheme unique?

Unlike any other youth training scheme, we give participants a full rehearsal period and a ticketed main-stage performance. They are individually mentored by the Head of Music, language coaches, and professional directors, conductors and répétiteurs.

This support for my career has helped me to bridge the nearly impossible gap between assisting and directing.
Oliver Platt, Young Artist 2012, Director of Gianni Schicchi


Can you help Young Artists achieve their dreams?

Joining our Young Artists Circle helps us support and nurture talent development. In return, you will be offered exclusive opportunities to get closer to the work of the Young Artists and follow their journey through from casting to performing on the main stage at OHP.


Young Artists Circle: £500

  • Two complimentary tickets to the Young Artists performance
  • An invitation to the Young Artists post-show party
  • An invitation to meet the Young Artists at an exclusive reception, at which they will perform
  • An invitation to our Insight to the Season event
  • An invitation to the Young Artists sitzprobe
  • An invitation to the Young Artists dress rehearsal
  • Acknowledgement of your support in our programmes and on the website
  • Regular updates from the Young Artists
  • A complimentary programme, signed by the Young Artists


The YA programme was the most incredible learning curve and stands out as the highlight of my operatic career.
Cecilia Stinton, Young Artist 2018 and Director of La traviata


Sponsor a Young Artist: from £1000

All the Young Artist Circle benefits, as well as:

  • Opportunities to observe your Young Artist in closed, working rehearsals
  • Regular updates from and opportunities to meet your Young Artist, and learn about their progress within the production
  • Your name associated with your support of your specific Young Artist in our programmes and on our website
  • A signed photo of your Young Artist


In my experience, the few companies that maintain a young artists programme tend to use their participants as covers for the principal roles of the season with the occasional masterclass and coaching sessions thrown in. Opera Holland Park offers all of this, but in addition, those lucky enough to be selected for the programme are given the chance to take part in a full public performance of one of the season’s operas preceded by working sessions with the orchestra. I believe this to be a unique situation in the UK – providing a wonderful opportunity for the singers; the value of which is incalculable. Long may it continue.
Steuart Bedford OBE, Conductor