Young Artists


West Australian Opera engages in the essential task of nurturing and developing new generations of operatic artists who will continue to expand the vision of all that opera can be.

The Young Artist Program seeks the most promising young artists to equip them with the skills and artistry to understand and build on the great operatic traditions. The program encourages them to express these traditions in new and as yet unimagined ways. Support of West Australian Opera’s Young Artist Program will ensure the flourishing of the art form for generations to come as both a timely and timeless art.

West Australian Opera is proud to have nurtured James Clayton, Rachelle Durkin, Paul O’Neill and Katja Webb. We are pleased to announce this year's class of gifted young artists and look forward to sharing their journey with you as they develop their talents to share with the opera houses of the world.

Caitlin Cassidy
Wesfarmers Scholarship

Sarah Guilmartin
Wesfarmers Scholarship 

Lochlan Brown
Bendat Scholarship
Isabelle Freeman
Bendat Scholarship

Wesfarmers Arts Young Artists are generously supported by Principal Partner Wesfarmers.
The Bendat Scholarship is generously provided by the Bendat Family.

The West Australian Opera Young Artist Program receives support from Wesfarmers, Bel Canto Fund, Bendat Family Foundation, McCusker Charitable Foundation, Simon Lee Foundation, James Galvin Family Foundation and The Society of WA Opera Lovers Inc.      


Young Artist Alumni performing in productions in 2014 include:

James Clayton as Iago in Otello, Papageno in The Magic Flute and Count di Luna in Il Trovatore

Katja Webb as Pamina in The Magic Flute

Fiona Campbell as Emilia in Otello, the second lady in The Magic Flute and Ines in Il Trovatore

Caitlin Cassidy as third lady in The Magic Flute

Sarah Guilmartin as first lady in The Magic Flute

Richard Symons as First Priest in The Magic Flute

Jennifer Barrington as Papagena in The Magic Flute

Mark Alderson as the Solider in Il Trovatore

Fiona Campbell & Sara Macliver will feature in the Wesfarmers Centenary Community Concert at Northam on Saturday, April 12.

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