The Wesfarmers Arts Young Artists for 2022. Image by James Rogers.

Wesfarmers Arts Young Artist Program 2022 

West Australian Opera is committed to nurturing the next generation of opera talent via the Wesfarmers Arts Young Artist Program.

West Australian Opera and Wesfarmers Arts congratulate the 2022 program recipients including Bella Marslen (soprano), Jillian Halleron (soprano), Ammon Bennett (tenor), Jake Bigwood (bass) and Kate McNamara (conductor).

The Wesfarmers Young Artist Program offers a mentorship experience for Western Australia’s most talented young artists that includes coaching, masterclasses and performance.

The program aims to develop technical skills and stagecraft. The support of Wesfarmers Arts and the Bendat Family Foundation, who support the Bendat Scholarship, has seen graduates build successful careers on opera stages locally, nationally and internationally.

“This successful program identifies the brightest stars and next generation of Western Australian artists. Wesfarmers are proud to support our young artists and are committed to ensuring they are nurtured, mentored and given the best opportunity to have thriving professional careers.” – Helen Carroll, Wesfarmers Arts Manager

Acclaimed Australian soprano Emma Matthews is the program’s patron and an alumnus of The Australian Opera Young Artist Program. As the recipient of more Helpmann Awards than any other individual artist and current Head of Classical Voice at West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Emma brings a wealth of performance experience and knowledge to mentor the group.

“I am proud to be the Patron of the Wesfarmers Arts Young Artist Program. Working closely with the extraordinary talent of these young artists is both a pleasure and a privilege. Programs such as these are integral for supporting artists to further their craft and provide them with the tools to navigate the industry. The skills I learnt through my time within a young artist program assisted me greatly in my career as a Principal Artist and I am thrilled to be able to share this opportunity with the next generation” – Emma Matthews

The five outstanding artists chosen will work closely with WAO Artistic Director, Chris van Tuinen and Patron, Emma Matthews over the next twelve months.