Young Artist Program

The Opera Queensland Young Artist Program provides generations of Australians the opportunity to perform to the highest standards in productions at home and around the world.

The Opera Queensland Young Artist Program was reignited in 2020 thanks to a bequest from two extraordinary patrons, Lois Schultz and June Wheeler.  

Our recent alumni Amber Evans, Eleanor Greenwood, Sebastian Maclaine, and John Rotar are now enjoying wonderful opportunities with companies around Australia and internationally.  

In 2023 we welcomed to the Program Maia Andrews, Yuan Gao, Jess Hitchcock, Nick Kirkup, Nina Korbe, Olivia Payne, Shikara Ringdahl and Emily Turner. 

Opera Queensland’s Head of Music, Narelle French, one of Australia’s most respected pianists, vocal coaches and musicians oversees the Program and believes the future of opera in Queensland looks very bright.  

“Seeing our Young Artists flourish through the opportunities for development and performance Opera Queensland’s Young Artist Program offers is incredibly rewarding.”  

We look forward to working with more singers and artists, through increased engagement with international and local audiences, collaborations with fellow artists and key roles in Opera Queensland’s productions.