2019 GO Studio Young Artists

Young Artist Studio - Academy Performance Program

Each year, up to 8 highly-trained emerging artists from all over Australia and 4 - 6 international singers are chosen to be members of our Young Artist Studio - Academy Performance Program.  We provide tuition-free professional development and stage experience as a bridge to landing principal roles with flagship companies - a program designed to take performing careers to the next level.  The profession requires sophisticated rehearsal, preparation and performance skills which ultimately enable singers to take their place on world opera stages.


This program is for highly-trained singers with a proven potential for an operatic career. Whilst there is a considerable amount of instruction within the program, what sets this program apart is the individual focus on the development of skills that are already in evidence, rather than straight-forward or institutional training.  Each year our singers have different strengths and weaknesses, and have come into the profession from different backgrounds and directions.  Consequently, the program is devised each year in response to the individual needs of the selected young artists.  We provide encouragement, advice and constructive criticism on a wide range of subjects, each of which is part of the singers' craft or to do with professional and personal well-being.


Depending on vocal development and suitability, each singer is cast to perform certain roles and given many performance opportunities, with intensive input into the craft of performing opera alongside professional artists and creators.  The two YAA blocks culminate in roles, in costume and on stage, in our annual Festival program in the Yarra Valley. Ours is a unique and successful program, and a cornerstone of our company's activity.

It is assumed that each singer has an existing professional relationship with a singing teacher, and will continue to do so. In addition to regular coaching of our expert staff and repetiteurs, visiting coaches and consultants offer further instruction and guidance.


Collaborating to form the future of opera with young artists is rewarding and joyful. Celebrating successes - some immediate, some down the track - it is clear that the future of opera is strong and bright in the hands of these dedicated, sensitive, talented, and committed young people, with artistry and excellence and a global view driving their careers.

This unique professional development and mentoring program is wholly supported by our Donors, Supporters & Philanthropy. The GO Young Artists do not pay to be a part of the GOYA Program. We use earned income from events and concerts to pay our professional repetiteurs, directors and industry professionals, and bursaries to Young Artists.


Contact us if you'd like to:

"seeing these singers of the Gertrude Opera* actually strutting their stuff…this is what it is all about: the audience, and the next generation of performers.  Under the guidance of Linda Thompson…this is, without doubt, the best opera training program in the country”    

Maestro Brian Castles-Onion, AM  

Conductor, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - Opera Australia

*GO Young Artist Academy Program is tuition-fee free.

Entry by audition, applications open November 2019

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