Royal Opera House & Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Team Up For Opera Nation

By David Salazar

The Royal Opera House and the Birmingham City University’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire have teamed up to launch Opera Nation, a free program intent on developing the next generation of opera singers between ages 14-18.

The program is set to open with a series of free workshops in December with professional musicians and staff members from both organizations. Workshops are set for Dec. 9 in Walsall, Dudley on Jan. 14, Worcester on Jan. 20, Birmingham on Jan. 22, and Coventry on Jan. 21.

Following the initial workshops, 60 students will be selected to attend a residential course with a final 30 get a chance at four years of professional mentoring, training.

“We believe that every singer and talented young person should have access to professional training and support, and we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to fulfill their potential,” stated Oliver Mears, director of opera at the Royal Opera House, in a press release. “Our vision is to reach the widest possible range of talent and crucially support young people in the early stages of their careers. I look forward to seeing the next generation of opera singers emerging from this program over the coming years.”