ROH’s Jette Parker Young Artist Programme Adds Four New Singers

By David Salazar

The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme has announced four new singers set to join in Sept. 2020.

The singers include British soprano Alexandra Lowe, Ukrainian mezzo-soprano Kseniia Nikolaieva, Russian tenor Egor Zhuravskii, and Congolese bass Blaise Malaba. These four artists were picked from a pool of 424 applicants from more than 25 countries.

Lowe is currently a National Opera Studio Young Artist who has been awarded the Clonter Opera Prize, the Elisabeth Harwood Memorial Prize, the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for singing Strauss, the Bessie Cronshaw Song Cycle Prize, the Alexander Young Song Prize, the Oncken Song Prize, the Elsie Thurston Song Prize and the Joyce Budd Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Young Singers Bursary, among other prizes.

Nikolaieva is also a National Opera Studio Young Artist who has performed roles in such operas as “Iolanta,” “Eugene Onegin,” “Rigoletto,” and “The Tsar’s Bride” at the National Music Academy of Ukraine. She also won a special prize at Francisco Viñas Singing Competition in 2019 and was a Finalist in the International Eva Marton Singing Competition.

Zhuravskii was a member of the Astrakhan State Theatre of Opera and Ballet throughout 2018-19 and has won awards at the 38th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, the 46th All-Russian Review competition for vocalists and the Third International Maria Maksakova Competition.

Finally, Malaba is a Link Artist on the Jette Parker Young Artists Program and has performed with such organizations as the WNO Orchestra, RWCMD and Lviv National Opera. He was also a finalist for the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and won first prize in the 2015 Impreza International Vocal Competition, Ukraine.

“The Royal Opera has always sought to provide the best opportunities for talented young singers and directors from across the globe,” stated the Royal Opera House Director of Opera Oliver Mears in a press release. “Our vision is to provide these young artists access to all areas of opera production while immersing them in life at the Royal Opera House. We are delighted to welcome the 2020-21 intake of Jette Parker Young Artists, and look forward to helping them become the opera names of the future and working with each of them over the coming years.”