The Wesfarmers Arts Young Artists for 2021.

West Australian Opera and Wesfarmers Arts - Nurturing a new generation of Australian opera talent 

Now in its 11th year, West Australian Opera’s Wesfarmers Arts Young Artist program provides a world-class mentorship experience for Western Australia’s most talented young singers.

The Young Artist program is designed as an elite mentoring experience with regular coaching, masterclasses with world artists, workshops and performances opportunities designed to develop skills and stagecraft. The support of Wesfarmers Arts and the Bendat family over many years has seen many graduates build successful careers on opera stages both locally, nationally and internationally.

Wesfarmers is enormously proud to support the Young Artist Program to identify the brightest stars of the next generation of Western Australian singers and ensure they are nurtured, mentored and given the best opportunity to succeed on the world stage” – Helen Carroll, Wesfarmers Arts Manager.

Acclaimed Australian soprano Emma Matthews is the program’s patron and herself an alumnus of the Young Artist Program.

Emma has received more Helpmann Awards than any other individual artist, nine Green Room Awards, the Mo Award and the Remy Martin Australian Opera Award.

She has performed regularly with Opera Australia, all the state opera companies and the major Australian symphony orchestras and festivals. Emma is currently the Head of Classical Voice at West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and brings to the Young Artist program a wealth of experience and passion for the art form.

The seven outstanding young artists chosen in 2019/2020 will see their program extended into 2021 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their performance and development opportunities. They will continue to work closely with Music Director Chris van Tuinen and Patron Emma Matthews. 

West Australian Opera congratulates Wesfarmers Arts Young Artists Chelsea Burns, Brianna Louwen, Chelsea Kluga, Matthew Dixon, Lachlann Lawton, Adrian Soares and Leanne Puttick.