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World Opera Day 2021

25 October - Celebrating the next generation of talent from across the world

Young Artists

OperaVision celebrates World Opera Day in the company of young artists from seven opera studios. Through filmed performances and fly-on-the-wall documentaries, discover the next generation of talent from Tokyo, Paris, London, Hannover, Amsterdam, Warsaw and Rome, throughout World Opera Day from 10:00 to 22:00 CET.

Find the detailed programme and the videos in the Insights tab.

10:00 CET - New National Theatre Tokyo
12:00 CET - Opéra Comique Paris
14:00 CET - Royal Opera House Covent Garden
16:00 CET - Staatsoper Hannover
18:00 CET - Dutch National Opera
20:00 CET - Polish National Opera
22:00 CET - Teatro dell'Opera di Roma/Festival Verdi Parma

Available from
25.10.2021 at 10h00 CET

Available until
25.04.2022 at 12h00 CET

New National Theatre Tokyo
SopranosNao Harada, Kasumi Uchiyama, Marika Kawata, Rena Otaka
Mezzo-sopranosSaori Sugiyama, Minami Oshiro, Manami Maejima
TenorTakumi Torio
BaritonesShogo Mori, Yincong Cheng, Atsushi Okubo, Katsuhiko Sato, Shoji Nagatomi
BassTakuto Yuasa
Opéra Comique
Introduced by Jodie Devos, soprano
Royal Opera House Covent Garden
SopranosAlexandra Lowe, April Koyejo-Audiger
Mezzo-sopranosStephanie Wake-Edwards, Kseniia Nikolaieva
TenorsAndrés Presno, Alan Pingarrón, Egor Zhuravskii
BaritoneChuma Sijeqa
Staatsoper Hannover
BaritoneDarwin Prakash
SopranoSarah Brady
BaritoneJames Newby
Dutch National Opera
SopranosClaire Antoine, Inna Demenkova
Mezzo-sopranoMaya Gour
TenorIan Castro
BaritoneMaksym Nazarenko
BassChanhee Cho
RépétiteurAdam Rogala
Polish National Opera
SopranosKatarzyna Belkius, Katarzyna Drelich, Kamila Dutkowska, Justyna Khil, Paula Kluczna-Lula, Teona Todua
Mezzo-sopranosZuzanna Nalewajek, Katarzyna Szymkowiak
CountertenorJakub Foltak
TenorSebastian Mach, Adrian Domarecki, Mykhailo Kushlyk
BaritoneAdrian Janus, Jan Kubas, Szymon Raczkowski
Bass-baritoneGrzegorz Pelutis
BassPaweł Horodyski, Karol Skwara
PianistsAleksander Chodacki, Klara Janus, Kamila Łopatka, Diana Ostrolutska, Natalia Pawlaszek, Michał Skowronek, Paulina Storka
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma/Festival Verdi Parma
DirectorGiulia Randazzo
Set designerGiulia Bellè
Costume designerGaia Tagliabue
SopranoMarianna Mappa
Mezzo-sopranoIrene Savignano
TenorRodrigo Ortiz
BassAlessandro Della Morte
RépétiteurElena Gurina, Alessia Capoccia

New National Theatre Tokyo
10:00 CET


New National Theatre Tokyo’s contribution to World Opera Day focuses on the young artists from their Studio. We follow them as they prepare for their March 2021 production of the rarely performed opera buffa masterpiece by Domenico Cimarosa, L’impresario in angustie, about an impresario in distress trying to cope with uncooperative singers. After times of such global angustie, Tokyo give its young singers a chance to shine.


Preparing L’impresario in angustie

Opéra Comique
12:00 CET


Young soprano Jodie Devos is our guide in Opéra Comique’s film about the next generation of talent in Paris.  As a young artist associated with this famous theatre, Devos has a unique perspective on opportunities there for singers which she narrates in words, song and extracts of her performances of French repertoire. We visit the beautiful spaces of Salle Favart and see la Maîtrise Populaire de l’Opéra in full youthful voice.


Inside French repertoire


Royal Opera House Covent Garden
14:00 CET


We cross to London’s Covent Garden where we have privileged backstage access to the Royal Opera House for World Opera Day. Covent Garden is busy behind the scenes and on World Opera Day we will join past and present Jette Parker Young Artists as we explore one of the world’s greatest opera houses.


A 20th anniversary company of talent

Staatsoper Hannover
16:00 CET


To Hannover, where we meet three young singers from the Staatsoper: Darwin Prakash, Mumbai-born new recruit to Opera Studio; Sarah Brady, the Irish soprano who recently joined the Ensemble; and James Newby, a British baritone who won the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. How do they balance their time between the opera house and other passions? Hear these young artists as they enjoy: learning a new work by Philip Venables and mushroom picking; performing Britten and horse riding; singing Mozart and playing rugby.


Young lives in Hannover

Dutch National Opera
18:00 CET


To Amsterdam next, for a week in the life of the young artists who have recently joined the Dutch National Opera Studio led by internationally renowned soprano Rosemary Joshua. The film, directed by Edwin Vermeulen, follows this group of young artists, who come from as far away as South Korea, as they discover Amsterdam’s imposing stage.  We eavesdrop on audition training and preparations for the Dutch premiere of Denis and Katya with director Ted Huffman.  We enjoy these young talents as they perform and also hear their voices in other ways - through the life stories that have led them from across the world to Amsterdam in 2021 to prepare for the challenging life of an opera singer.


A week in the Amsterdam Studio

Polish National Opera
20:00 CET


Through its streams on OperaVision of Moniuszko’s operas (and the young singer’s competition that bears his name), Polish National Opera has delighted audiences worldwide with the discovery of the  great Polish composer of the 19th century. Today, young artists from the Opera Academy in Warsaw bring us forward in time with a short concert of 20th and 21st century Polish repertoire directed in a semi-staged performance by Ewa Rucińska. Specially recorded at Teatr Wielki in October for World Opera Day, the programme includes works by Karol Szymanowski, Jan Gall, Ludomir Różycki, Szymon Laks, Franciszek Maklakiewicz, Tadeusz Baird, Henryk Czyż, Paweł Łukaszewski and Mieczysław Weinberg.


Young Artists’ Concert

Festival Verdi Parma & Fabbrica of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
22:00 CET


World Opera Day closes on OperaVision with opera at its most intimate. Inconfessabile Verdi from  the 2021 Festival Verdi in Parma is a series one-to-one performances in which opera singer and audience member meet soul-to-soul in the intimacy of a church confessional. Close but safe (they are separated by the central partition of a purpose-built confessional), the lucky audience members in Parma will hear young talents from Fabbrica, the young artists programme of Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, deliver soul-searching arias and duets from Aida, Otello and Rigoletto. Thanks to OperaVision cameras, audiences globally can enjoy these performances too, in which young artists and the Studio that nurture them show they are a force for good in today’s world.


Inconfessabile Verdi