Alvarez Programme

Developing professional singers

Garsington Opera's Young Artist Programme is one of the most comprehensive in the industry.

Participants receive an unparalleled level of experience and support through the season and beyond. The young artists learn from the top practitioners about every aspect of being an opera singer in the 21st century. They receive world-class coaching through seminars, masterclasses and performance opportunities. They are chosen through a rigorous audition process aimed at finding the most promising young talent, and then supported in many different ways as they make their way through the profession. These opportunities are available to all young artists who perform at Garsington Opera each season.

Many former members of the scheme have gone on to perform lead roles in the best international opera houses.

Jennifer France

Young Artist, 2013

Princess Elsbeth (Fantasio 2019), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro 2017) and Marzelline (Fidelio 2014)

Marta Fontanals-Simmons

Young Artist, 2014

Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte 2018) and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro 2017)

Huw Montague Rendall

Young Artist, 2015

Prince of Mantua (Fantasio 2019)

David Ireland

Young Artist, 2016

Leporello (Don Giovanni 2019)

The programme was launched in 2014 with the generous support of the Alvarez family. The impact of the scheme has been significant in the short time it has been established, and it continues to grow. Supporters found it intensely rewarding to see the singers that they nurtured in the early days go on to have dazzling careers – and to bring pleasure to so many.

If you are interested in supporting the Young Artists’ scheme please contact Johnny Langridge or telephone 01865 368201.

Young Artist Programme 2021

We currently intend to hold live auditions for the 2021 young artists in London in September/October. However, we are also exploring other options, including selection from video recording, especially for those not able to travel. We intend to go live for applications in late June/early July 2020 – in the meantime, do continue to finesse your audition repertoire and make recordings if you are able!