Talent Development

Jerwood Young Artists

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

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Jerwood Young Artists programme, a central tenet of Glyndebourne’s work to support the next generation of opera talent.

Thanks to the generous support from Jerwood Arts, Glyndebourne have 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.

All of the 2020 Jerwood Young Artists have been offered to take up their deferred places in the 2021 Festival.

2020’s Jerwood Young Artists

Edwin Fardini


Recent engagements:

The Seven Deadly Sins (Châtelet); Paris/Roméo et Juliette (La Scala); Bass solo/Ein Deutsches Requiem (Pygmalion)

Forthcoming engagements:

Furie, Tisiphone/Hippolyte et Aricie (Opéra Comique); Hänsel und Gretel (Orchestre national d’Île-de-France)

The young baritone is a recent graduate of the Conservatoire national Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris where he studied singing with Élène Golgvit. Already engaged as a soloist with numerous prestigious institutions, he was also named as one of the 2019 Adami Révélations Classiques. He participated in the Pinocchio Residence Academy at the 27 th Aix-en-Provence International Festival of Opera where he covered for the Pinocchio world premiere.

Madison Nonoa


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.

Jack Sandison


Previously for Glyndebourne:

Chorus, Cover Court Usher/Rigoletto (Tour); Chorus, La damnation de Faust, Die Zauberflöte, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Festival)

Recent engagements:

Ashby/La fanciulla del West (Wexford Festival Opera); 2nd Foreman/Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Birmingham Opera Company); Cover Speaker/Die Zauberflöte, Cover Haushofmeister/Capriccio, Cover Somnus and Cadmus/Semele (Garsington)

The British bass-baritone graduated with a first class honours degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2017 where he studied under the tutelage of Professor Stephen Robertson. He received a full scholarship from the ABRSM and RCS Trust and won first prize in the Scott’s Song Competition. He was the recipient of the Helen Clarke Award from Garsington Opera for his work as an Alzarez Young Artist, and second prize winner in the Joaninha award. He is a Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artist.

Robert Lewis


Recent engagements:

Nemorino/L’elisir d’amore (Iford Arts); Tamino/Die Zauberflöte schools performance, Cover Tamino/Die Zauberflöte (Garsington); Ismael, Pentacostalist Leader/The Angel Esmerelda, Flute/A Midsummer Nights’ Dream (GSMD); Tenor/Belongings (Tête à Tête festival, Sound festival, Fat Lady Opera, Sparked Echo)

The Welsh tenor is a graduate of GSMD and is currently engaged in 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 and is one of the youngest singers to have won the award. The following year 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.

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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