Applications for singers and répétiteurs for the 2020-21 Young Artists’ Programme (YAP) are now open, London-based National Opera Studio has announced.

YAP is an intensive nine-month training programme aimed at providing young opera singers and répétiteurs – an accompanist, tutor or coach – with the necessary skills and technique to make the move into a fully professional career.

Around 12 singers and four répétiteurs are accepted onto the programme each year. Each young artist is expected to have a high level of input into their training. They are responsible for choosing their own song recital programmes and core roles, as well as contributing to other repertoire prepared throughout the year.

At the centre of the programme are three residencies with National Opera Studio’s partner companies. These residencies are directed and conducted by experienced international professionals who are chosen for their ability to teach as well as produce an inspiring programme. Previous partners have included Opera North, Scottish Opera and the Welsh National Opera.

The programme will assist young artists with key matters such as how to prepare for an audition, coping with a packed diary and balancing learning new music while rehearsing a role. There is a strong focus on language skills in Italian, German, French and English; help with Czech and Russian can also be provided.

National Opera Studio is looking for applications from young artists from all backgrounds and from anywhere in the world. There is no upper age limit, but the programme is intended to benefit gifted singers and répétiteurs who are at the beginning of their professional operatic careers.

A series of roadshows will be held at conservatoires and music colleges across the UK and Ireland. An open day is set to take place at the studio in London on 9 November. Applications close on Wednesday 11 December 2019. The 2020-21 Young Artists’ Programme is full time and runs from September 2020 to June 2021.

Visit the National Opera Studio’s website for more information and how to apply.



National Opera Studio’s Young Artists’ Programme aims to prepare those starting out in opera with the necessary skills to succeed. (Roger Way/NOS).