The 2021-22 Young Artists' Programme is full-time and runs from September 2021 to June 2022.

There is no upper age limit for applying to the NOS. However, applicants are reminded that the Young Artists' Programme is very intensive and is intended to benefit extremely gifted singers and répétiteurs who are at the beginning of their professional operatic careers. Although it is not a formal requirement, applicants are expected to have significant performance experience and to have been training, in some form, for a number of years.

Please click on the relevant links below to explore the application and audition process for singers applying to the Young Artists' Programme.

> Coronavirus
> Key dates for auditions and applications
> Audition process and structure
> References
> Application process and fees
> Repertoire
> Accompanists
> Cancellation and rescheduling
> Eligibility
> Funding and living in London
> Support and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
> Application form


Coronavirus

While at the present time we hope to hold live Second and Final Round auditions, this will depend on government guidance at the time and we may have to make alternative arrangements. Please keep a close eye on our website for updates and be aware of changing circumstances in London and the UK.

We have an obligation to all those who come through our doors to provide a safe environment. Please see the National Opera Studio website for our risk assessment and Covid-Secure procedures, which will be subject to change.

Key dates for auditions and applications

Applications open: Monday 26 October 2020

Virtual Open Morning: Friday 27 November 2020

Applications close: 11.59pm on Thursday 7 January 2021

First Round video auditions: From Friday 8 January 2021 to Tuesday 26 January 2021

First Round video results: Wednesday 27 January 2021

Second and Final Round live workshops, interviews and panel audition: Tuesday 23 February 2021 to Saturday 27 February 2021

 

Audition process and structure

In response to the Coronavirus and with a view to engaging more directly with potential 2021/22 Young Artists, we are offering a new restructured audition process. The First Round for the new intake of 2021 will be by video selection. From these, up to 45 candidates will be chosen and invited to attend the National Opera Studio in person over five days from Tuesday 23 February to Saturday 27 February 2021.

Candidates taken through to the Second and Final Round will have an intensive and in-depth audition process which will include a stagecraft workshop, individual coaching workshops with the NOS music team, and an interview, culminating in a final concert audition to representatives of our partner companies, which will be filmed, with individual clips of your audition made available to all auditionees afterwards. Practice and warm-up rooms will be made available during this period.

This new process is designed to give putative new Young Artists a taste of the work we do at the Studio and to give us an idea of your personalities and ambitions.

The final concert audition panel will comprise the NOS Artistic Team and representatives from each of our six partner opera companies: English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Opera North, the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera.

 

Application process and fees

This year the First Round of auditions will be by video submission, and you will be asked to submit your recordings by 11:59pm on Thursday 7 January 2021. All applications must be submitted using YAP Tracker and there will be a fee of £25 which will include the submission of your first round video audition. Find out more about video audition requirements and submitting your videos here

Your videos will be viewed by our panel from as early as Friday 8 January 2021, with results released on Wednesday 27 January 2021.

Should you be invited for the Second and Final Round audition period, there will be a further fee of £75, which will cover all aspects of the Second and Final Round audition process. This fee will need to be paid in full by Monday 1 February 2021 in order to confirm your audition place.

Please note that you may start your application at any time after 26 October, and can come back to it as often as you like until the application deadline date of 7 January. Your application will only be accepted after you have uploaded your videos, paid your application fee and submitted your application.

 

References

Your references should be written by music or theatre professionals but not your current or former singing teacher(s). When completing the application form on YAP Tracker, you should enter the details of two referees. The website will then automatically send an email to each referee asking them to upload their recommendations directly to the website. References cannot be accepted in any other way.

Your references must be submitted by the deadline of Thursday 7 January 2021.

You, as the applicant, are responsible for ensuring that your application is supported with references.

  

Repertoire

For the first round, you must submit at least three audition pieces, of which:

all should be opera (no song or oratorio);

at least two languages should be represented;

at least one should be in English;

at least one should be from a contemporary opera (post-1980).

You may, if you wish, record additional arias (up to a maximum of five audition pieces). You are welcome to bring a post-1980 English aria.

 

Accompanists for the live round audition

The NOS will provide a highly qualified and experienced accompanist for the Second and Final Round live audition process. You will not be able to bring your own pianist for your live audition or for any warm-up or practice time. This is for the sake of consistency and to serve all applicants to the best of our ability, equally and without prejudice.

Please make sure you have a copy of all of your audition music prepared for the accompanist before you arrive at the NOS.

 

Cancellation and rescheduling

First Round Application and video auditions

There will be no refund of the £25 application fee after a submitted application has been made on YAP Tracker.

Second and Final Round live auditions

Should you need to cancel your Second and Final Round live audition following payment of the £75 fee, you must do so by emailing [email protected] at your earliest convenience. 

If an audition is cancelled on or before Monday 1 February, the NOS will refund £50 of the audition fee to allow for costs incurred through YAP Tracker and administrative time. After Monday 1 February, the audition fee will be non-refundable.

If you are unavailable in person for any of the workshops, interviews or coaching sessions but are able to attend the final audition concert, we will make every effort to hold some or all of these sessions via Zoom. If you need to reschedule your audition time, please email [email protected]. If it is possible to accommodate your request, we will do so at no extra cost to you. If it is impossible for us to reschedule your audition, you must either keep your original time or cancel, in which case the NOS will be under no obligation to refund your audition fee.

 

Eligibility

If you do not hold a valid UK passport, you should be aware that the Home Office/UK Border Agency has rigorous conditions that need to be met before the necessary visas will be issued. Without such visas, you will not be able to come to the National Opera Studio. Please note that currently only Tier 1 (Global Talent Visa- Exceptional Promise), Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) and UK Family Visas are currently accepted for study at the National Opera Studio. Please see our Visas page for more information. 

From 1 January 2021, EU citizens who do not have settled status in the UK or any other right to remain in the UK will now need to apply for a Global Talent Visa in order to take up a place at the NOS.

For more information and the application process for a Global Talent Visa, please visit https://www.gov.uk/global-talent.

It is vital that all applicants accepted onto our Young Artists’ Programme have a good command of the English language. We reserve the right to request proof of your proficiency in English and, if necessary, ask you to sit a test.

 

Funding and living in London

Young Artists do not pay fees to train at the National Opera Studio. The cost of training is generously covered by NOS donors, supporters and stakeholders. However, successful applicants will be expected to cover the cost of living in London for the nine months’ duration of the Programme. As the Programme is full-time, it is very difficult for Young Artists to undertake regular paid employment. Your ability to undertake paid employment may also be affected by your residency status (visas).

The NOS has a limited Bursary Fund which is available to those in need of financial assistance. Upon a formal offer of a place, NOS Chief Executive Emily Gottlieb will discuss eligibility.

We regret that we are unable to offer financial support for travelling to and from NOS auditions.

 

Support and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQs) about auditions and applications are available here.

If you have a question about your application which isn’t answered in the FAQs, please email [email protected]If you require technical support with your YAP Tracker application, please email [email protected].

  

Application Form

Please note that you do not need to pay for a YAP Tracker membership in order to apply to the NOS. Free 'guest' memberships are available on YAP Tracker for those who only wish to have access to the NOS application form. When you sign up for the free 'guest' membership, you will be given a username and password to use every time you want to look at the status of your NOS application. Follow this link to get started: www.yaptracker.com/register-applicant 

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Header image: Bethan Langford and Joyce DiDonato © 2017 ROH / NOS.
Photographed by Roger Way