Garsington Opera is lucky to have many wonderfully talented young singers applying to be part of our Understudy and Chorus programmes (collectively known as our Studio Programme). Every year we audition hundreds of aspiring singers at the start of their professional careers. Those selected often go on to become members of our company for many years.
The training of British young artists is fundamental to the Garsington Opera ethos and we are delighted that in July 2012 our emerging artists performed two fully-staged performances of The Magic Flute at West Green House near Hook, north Hampshire.
We hope this is the first of a long collaboration.
THE UNDERSTUDY SCHEME
The Garsington Opera Understudy Scheme gives young singers the opportunity to work on new operatic roles – not as an abstract exercise, but towards the real possibility of professional performance on the Garsington Opera stage.
In addition the scheme offers developmental work for the assistant directors and conductors on all three productions each year. Since it began in 1998 the scheme has helped many young singers, some of whom are also invited to extend their experience by singing in the Garsington Opera Chorus and working on education projects.
Informal performances are given each year before an invited audience, which includes conductors, directors and agents.
The Understudy Scheme is kindly supported by:
The Behrens Foundation