Join the Royal Opera House this fall to celebrate 20 years of the Jette Parker Young Artists program with Meet the Young Artists Week 2021: a week-long festival filled with activities and performances that showcase the extraordinary talents of young artists from across the world. ‘yesterday and today.
The week begins with a duo of Jukebox concerts on Tuesday 5 and Friday 8 October. The concerts offer a unique opportunity to the spectators, because the fate of the repertoire is entirely in their hands. Jukebox 1 (Tuesday, October 5) will see artists perform snippets of three contrasting pieces, with audiences voting for their favorites. Audiences will hear a wide range of musical moments, from whimsical folk songs to heartbreaking tunes. A few days later, the organized concert (Friday 8 October) will be performed live at the Linbury Theater. With performances by sopranos April Koyejo-Audiger and Alexandra Lowe, mezzo-sopranos Stephanie Wake-Edwards and Kseniia Nikolaieva, tenors Thando Mjandana, Alan Pingarrón and Egor Zhuravskii, and bass Blaise Malaba. Audiences can expect soaring melodies and plenty of twists and turns in this must-see mini-series of concerts.
Bring culture to your lunchtime on Wednesday, October 6 by joining four of the singers for a recital celebrating women songwriters. JPYA Artistic Director David Gowland accompanies sopranos Alexandra Lowe and April Koyejo-Audiger, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Wake-Edwards and tenor Alan Pingarrón for an exciting and varied lunchtime concert. With tickets starting at £ 5, audiences are invited to enjoy the lyrical writing of Isabella Colbran, Nkeiru Okoye, Judith Weir, Nadia Boulanger and Clara Schumann, among others.
On Wednesday October 6, the public will have the opportunity to explore Wagner’s Ring cycle from a unique musical perspective. During this evening of music and stimulating conversation, JPYA repeaters Michael Sikich and Michael Papadopoulos join in the conversation with acclaimed British bass Brindley Sherratt, Susanna Stranders of the ROH music team and JPYA alumni Darren Jeffery. This evening presents a new perspective on Wagner’s collection of works and includes a performance by soprano Anita Watson.
The week ends with a musical tour of poetry and song as JPYA presents Benjamin Britten’s beloved song cycles in three languages. On Thursday, October 7, Britten Goes International will transport audiences from the Linbury Theater to exciting musical destinations. With the voices of Alexandra Lowe, Kseniia Nikolaieva, Egor Zhuravskii and Blaise Malaba, this trip will be accompanied by Michael Papadopoulos, Michael Sikich and David Gowland.
Meet Young Artist Week ends with a celebratory concert on Saturday, October 9, with the return of former JPYAs for an intimate evening of tunes, duets and ensembles. This alumni concert marks two decades of young performers participating in an international and inspiring musical creation at the Royal Opera House. The Linbury Theater audience will hear performances by sopranos Anna Devin and Susanna Gaspar, mezzo-soprano Hongni Wu, tenor Luis Gomes and baritone Michel de Souza, in addition to former accompanists Patrick Milne and Susanna Stranders performing works by Mozart, Verdi, Massenet, Donizetti, Bizet and Handel. The evening will feature matters of the heart, mysteries of the night and mischievous spiders – and audiences will be able to enjoy all the adventure opera has to offer.
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