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Jette Parker Young Artist Programme
If you have ever been lucky enough to see an Opera in Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House in London, perhaps you do not remember the details of the performance, but rather how it caused you to feel. Indeed, this can often be the case after a show. With time, the details of a performance may be forgotten, yet the feelings evoked by the passion of the performers, the beauty of the on-stage costumes and the magic of the theatre will linger on. Jette Parker, the Trustee behind the Young Artist’s Programme, explained how she felt after her first opera show. “I love opera, although I’m not very knowledgeable,” she said. “I remember coming out of my first opera at Covent Garden, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and I thought it had been a wonderful experience.” Jette’s appreciation for the arts and her desire to make quality performances available to everyone are what pushed her to offer support to the Young Artists Programme in 2002.
The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme is intended to benefit extremely gifted individuals at the start of their professional careers. Young artists are employed as salaried members of the Royal Opera House over a two-year period. They participate in a specially tailored programme, which includes extensive daily coaching in languages, stagecraft and vocal techniques, alongside preparation for performing concerts and smaller roles on the main stage. It is hoped that the support for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme will help maintain a high standard of excellence in the Arts, and that many people will be able to enjoy a night out at the opera in the years to come.
Source: Oak Foundation Annual Report
Year of publication: 2014
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