Talent Development

Jerwood Young Artists

A programme of exceptional coaching and performance opportunities for young singers.

Thanks to the generous support from Jerwood Arts, Glyndebourne has been providing a programme of exceptional coaching and performance opportunities for young singers in the Glyndebourne chorus since 2005.

In 2010, a new strand of work was introduced to focus on nurturing exceptionally talented singers from the Chorus selected as Jerwood Young Artists. Through the Jerwood Young Artist Programme, the singers work with leading conductors, directors, choreographers, theatre specialists and vocal coaches to enhance their skills and experience.

The Jerwood Young Artist Programme has been made possible through the generosity of Jerwood Arts.

2021’s Jerwood Young Artists

Robert Lewis – Tenor

Glyndebourne debut

Recent engagements: Nemorino/L’elisir d’amore (Iford Arts); Tamino/Die Zauberflöte schools performance, (Cover) Tamino/Die Zauberflöte (Garsington); Ismael, Pentecostalist Leader/The Angel Esmeralda, Flute/A Midsummer Night’s Dream (GSMD); Tenor/Belongings (Tête à Tête Festival, Sound Festival, Fat Lady Opera, Sparked Echo)

The Welsh tenor is a graduate of GSMD and recently completed the final year of their Opera Studies Course under the tutelage of Adrian Thompson. In 2016 he won the prestigious W Towyn Roberts Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, one of the youngest recipients ever. In 2017 he attended the International Mendelssohn Academy in Leipzig, where he worked with Peter Schreier. He is generously supported by the Worshipful Company of Tobacconists and Pipe Makers, Help Musicians UK Fund, the Sybil Tutton Award and the Ryan Davies Memorial Fund.

Jessica Ouston – Mezzo-Soprano

Previously for Glyndebourne: (Cover) Fifth Spirit/Cendrillon, Chorus/La damnation de Faust, Rusalka, Die Zauberflöte

Recent engagements: Title role/Zanetto, Smereldina, Ninetta/The Little Green Swallow (GSMD); Leslie Tanglehart/Eintänzer (Guildhall Opera Makers Online Production 2020)

She began her studies at GSMD Opera School, with Professor John Evans. The past few years have seen her take the stage in concert, recital and opera roles including Baba the Turk/The Rake’s Progress (BYO), Countess’s Maid/Le Comte Ory (Dorset Opera), Mrs Charlton/Dead Man Walking (BBC SO), and Octavian, Romeo, Martha, Mère Jeanne, Mércèdes and Annio (Guildhall Opera Scenes). She sang at the Barbican for their LSO Platforms, and at Wigmore Hall for Prince Consort’s ‘Side-by-Side’ project. She is generously supported by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Baird Educational Trust, The Drapers’ Company and Mr Michael James.

Tom Mole – Baritone

Glyndebourne debut

Recent engagements: Alidoro/La Cenerentola (BYO); Count Horn/Un ballo in maschera (OHP Young Artists);
Aeneas/ Dido and Aeneas, Gil/Il segreto di Susanna (GSMD)

Future engagements: Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel (Worcester Cathedral with Philharmonia Orchestra under Samuel Hudson)

The 23-year-old British baritone is currently in his second and final year on the Opera Course at GSMD, studying with John Evans. He is grateful for the support of the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Joaninha Trust.

Madison Nonoa – Soprano

Previously for Glyndebourne: 1 st Spirit/Cendrillon, Siren 1/Rinaldo (Festival), Almirena – cover/Rinaldo (Tour)

Recent engagements: Soprano Soloist/30th Anniversary concert tour of Australia (Australia Brandenburg Orchestra); Tytania/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Leonora/The Long Christmas Dinner (GSMD); Despina/Così fan tutte (Bloomsbury Opera Company, GSMD); Giulietta/I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Auckland Opera Studio); Susanna/Le nozze di Figaro (Bloomsbury Opera Company); Marie/Prima Donna (Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra)

The New Zealand soprano studies with Yvonne Kenny and has recently graduated from GSMD where she was studying on the prestigious Opera Course. She is a Patricia Pratt, Circle100 Opera Guild, Kiwi Music Trust and Iosefa Enari Memorial Award winner, and was the recipient of the inaugural New Zealand McCormick Opera Prize in 2018. She is an alumnus of the National Youth Choir of New Zealand and also the National Opera School of New Zealand. The Dame Malvina Major and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundations have offered ongoing support for her singing development.


Jerwood Arts is the leading independent funder dedicated to supporting UK artists, curators and producers to develop and thrive. We enable transformative opportunities for individuals across art forms, supporting imaginative awards, fellowships, programmes, commissions and collaborations. We present new work and bring people from across the arts together in the galleries at Jerwood Space, London, as well as across the UK. www.jerwoodarts.org


Could you help support an emerging artist? Please contact the Development team on 01273 815400 development@glyndebourne.com. Find out more

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