Guildhall singer selected by Royal Opera House as a Jette Parker Young Artist 2017
Baritone Dominic Sedgwick joins last year's two successful Guildhall School singers on the prestigious scheme
The Guildhall School is pleased to announce that baritone Dominic Sedgwick has been selected by the Royal Opera House as a Jette Parker Young Artist for 2017.
One of five singers selected for the 2017 intake, Dominic will join the two Guildhall singers who continue on the Programme into their second year next season, soprano Francesca Chiejina and tenor Thomas Atkins.
British baritone Dominic was selected from 365 applicants from 61 countries. 67 artists were selected to sing in the first of three rounds with 27 progressing to the second round. Round two involved a one-to-one coaching session with David Gowland, Artistic Director of the Programme.
A final shortlist of 12 singers, which also included Guildhall School singers Daniel Shelvey and Margo Arsane, auditioned first in a rehearsal room and then on the main stage in front of a panel comprising Sir Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, Oliver Mears, Director of Opera Elect, Peter Katona, Director of Casting, David Gowland, Artistic Director of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Siri Fischer Hansen, Administrator of the Programme, and international soprano Yvonne Kenny.
Also joining Dominic as Jette Parker Young Artists in September 2017 are American soprano Jacquelyn Stucker, Korean soprano Haegee Lee, Russian mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina, and Korean tenor Kuno Kim.
About the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme
The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme supports the artistic development of young professional singers, conductors, directors and répétiteurs. The Young Artists are an international group of outstanding professionals at the start of their careers who have undertaken formal training and have already worked with professional companies. They are not students, but contracted, salaried employees of the Royal Opera House, who work here full-time over two years.
There is no age limit for those on the Programme, but when choosing the Young Artists the audition panel takes into consideration the stage individuals have reached in their careers and where they will be in terms of career development and age after working for two years on the Programme.
The Young Artists work on productions for The Royal Opera, singing small roles, covering larger roles or joining the music or directing staff. They also receive coaching in all opera disciplines. They work with Royal Opera music staff, a wide range of freelance music and language coaches and visiting singers, directors and conductors. Every facility of the Company is made available to them so that their talents are nurtured through total immersion in the life of the Royal Opera House. Find further information on the Royal Opera House website.
British baritone Dominic Sedgwick studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Robert Dean. Previously he read Theology at Clare College, Cambridge. He is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and a Drake Calleja Scholar, and has received support from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Help Musicians Sybil Tutton Awards, the Kathleen Trust and the Worshipful Companies of Grocers and Goldsmiths. Competition successes include winning the Three Choirs Felicity Lott competition and being a finalist for the Stuart Burrows International Voice Award. He has performed in a masterclass with Joyce DiDonato for her Barbican Spotlight series and also appeared in public masterclasses with, among others, Simon Keenlyside, Ann Murray and Susan Bullock. Opera roles include Robert (Iolanta) and Junius (The Rape of Lucretia) at the Guildhall School, the title role of Owen Wingrave for British Youth Opera, Scherasmin (Oberon) with the LSSO at the Barbican, Dr Falke (Die Fledermaus) for Opera Danube, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) as a Longborough Festival Opera Young Artist, a season with the Glyndebourne Chorus and performances at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and for Garsington Opera. He has also performed extensively in recital in London and around the UK. Future engagements include creating Damyan in Julian Philips’s The Tale of Januarie for the Guildhall School and covering Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos) as part of the Glyndebourne Festival, where he returns this summer to sing in the Chorus.