Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Program
The Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Program of Opera Australia is a year-long training program for selected young Australian opera singers, conductors and repetiteurs to strengthen and supplement their already evident talent and performance skills. By becoming involved closely with the rehearsal and performance activity of Opera Australia, these talented young artists are able to develop under the tutelage of more experienced opera artists.
Young Artists achieve these aims in regular individual coaching sessions with leading vocal consultants, by attending workshops and masterclasses and by participating in a wide range of performance opportunities such as recitals, concerts, roles and covers. The Young Artist Program is tailored individually to suit the needs of the participants and, overall, provides the opportunity for young singers to concentrate fully on their careers.
As a supporter of Opera Australia, you have the opportunity to see these young artists in action in a series of free recitals that take place before select opera performances in the Sydney winter season. In 2012 the series of pre-show recitals draws inspiration from a famous poem by Verlaine, “The Exquisite Hour”. How better to describe four programmes of pure music making with some of the most exciting new operatic talent that Australia has to offer. Verlaine’s poem receives a musical setting by Venezuelan-born composer Reynaldo Hahn whose beautiful songs are a feature of the series along side those of Franz Schubert and the exciting ‘Gipsy Songs’ of Antonin Dvorak. The series also includes new compositions by up and coming Australian talent, James Wade.
The performances will take place on:
TUESDAY 2 October - Prior to Aïda, with Jonathan Abernethy
SATURDAY 13 October - Prior to Madama Butterfly, with Nicole Car
WEDNESDAY 17 October - Prior to Madama Butterfly, with Nicole Car & Jonathan Abernethy
TUESDAY 23 October - Prior to Salome, with Nicole Car
THURSDAY 1 November - Prior to Madama Butterfly, with John Longmuir
Find a spot on the steps of the Mural Level of Opera Theatre Northern Foyer by 6.50pm to take in this informal performance.
Members of the Young Artist Program for 2012: