2017 Young Artists

Application Deadline
December 19, 2016

Tentative Dates for Young Artists
June 19 - Aug 5, 2017


Ash Lawn Opera provides Young Artists with an enriching way to enhance their professional careers. Young Artists have performance opportunities not only in main stage productions at the historic Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville, but also in cover and outreach performances. Young Artists also sing in master classes and have the opportunity to audition for important agents, administrators, and conductors.
Recent Young Artists have performed at: Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Dallas Opera,  Des Moines Metro Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, Gotham Chamber Opera, Kentucky Opera, Merola Opera Program, Opera NEO, Opera Saratoga, Portland Opera, Sarasota Opera, Seagle Music Colony, Shreveport Opera, Virginia Opera, and more!
Recent master classes have included: Ken Weiss, Music Administrator at Washington National Opera (WNO); Shawn Jeffery, Vice President of Artist Management at ADA Artists; and Steve Gathman, Head of Music Staff/Chorus Master at WNO; Andy Anderson, conductor and former Artistic Director of Mobile Opera; and John de los Santos, stage director.
Recent auditions have included:  Alex Fletcher, President & Artist Manager at Fletcher Artists Management; Scott Guzielek, former Artistic Administration Manager at WNO and current Director of Operations at the Palm Beach Opera; Andrew Jorgensen, Director of Artistic Planning at WNO; Nick Netos, CEO of Alpha Artists; Christina Scheppelmann, General Artistic Director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu and former Director of Artistic Operations at WNO.

Performance Opportunities

Y13497894_1379616005388426_4986070073639772222_ooung Artists have opportunities to perform both in the summer opera, Rigoletto, and musical, Oklahoma.

Young Artists will perform the following roles in the mainstage performances of Rigoletto:

Female: Maddalena, Countess Ceprano, Page, Giovanna
Male: Borsa, Count Ceprano, Marullo, Count Monterone, Herald; Ensemble

Young Artists will cover the following mainstage roles: Duke, Rigoletto, Gilda, Sparafucile, plus the above roles.
Additionally, Young Artist covers will perform excerpts of Rigoletto with piano.

In Oklahoma, Young Artists will cover Curly, Laurey, and Jud, as well as perform the following mainstage roles: Ado Annie, Will Parker, Ali Hakim, and Gertie Cummings.


Ash Lawn Opera Young Artists receive private coaching sessions, sing in master classes, and have the opportunity to audition for agents and artistic administrators. Young Artists have the opportunity to build mentoring relationships with the artistic staff and principal artists. See above for a list of past master classes and auditions.

Audition Repertoire

  • Excerpt from Rigoletto featuring the role which you hope to perform/cover. N.B.: a recording of the specific part is preferred, but a stylistically similar recording is acceptable. Informal recordings are welcome.
  • Additional aria of choice
  • Excerpt from musical theater. Selections from Oklahoma are strongly preferred (a score is available here, with password "curly"), but excerpts by or in the style of Rodgers & Hammerstein will be accepted. Please, no belting.


Young Artists receive a stipend of $1,950 for 6.5 weeks, plus host housing (private room/bath in a donor's home). Transportation to, from, and within Charlottesville is the responsibility of the artist.

Photos from top: 2015 Young Artists and Apprentice Singers in My Fair Lady (2015). Photo by Natalie Krovetz.

2016 Young Artists perform their version of Cosi fan tutte at Garth Newel Music Center.