Alvarez Young Artists

Developing professional singers

Garsington Opera's Alvarez Young Artists' 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

Alvarez Artist, 2013

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

Marta Fontanals-Simmons

Alvarez Artist, 2014

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

Huw Montague Rendall

Alvarez Artist, 2015

Prince of Mantua (Fantasio 2019)

David Ireland

Alvarez Artist, 2016

Leporello (Don Giovanni 2019)

The programme was launched in 2014 with the generous support of José Alvarez Stelling and 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 Alison Dunnett or telephone 01494 376037.

Alvarez Young Artists' Programme 2024

Applications for our 2024 Chorus and Young Artists' Programme are currently closed.

If you would like any further information please email