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 Wesfarmers Arts 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 the 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. In 2014 we continue the program with a 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.
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 Arts, Bel canto Fund, Bendat Family 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, 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 Priest of the Temple in The Magic Flute
Jennifer Barrington as Papagena in The Magic Flute
Mark Alderson as the Solider in Il Trovatore
Fiona Campbell & Sara Macliver featured in the Wesfarmers Centenary Community Concert at Northam on Saturday, April 12.