The Lyon Opéra Studio is headed by Jochen Breiholz, the Director of Opera, and it trains a small number of singers who join the Opéra for a whole season. This young troupe benefits from an extensive training programme under the guidance of professors and professionals as well as masterclasses taught by renowned opera performers. They perform in a wide repertoire and take part in several productions.
This season marks the second year of our “Lyon Opéra Studio,” dedicated to the highest and professional integration of young talents at the dawn of their careers. This programme, headed by Jochen Breiholz, our Director of Opera, consists in hiring a small number of singers who become part of the team for two seasons as a permanent unit for that time. More than one thousand candidates from seventy‑four countries applied, which reflects the worldwide prestige enjoyed by our opera house and the interest the young generation takes in it. The five young artists selected, who joined the “Lyon Opera Studio” last season, are the Italian-German soprano Giulia Scopelliti, the South African mezzo-soprano Thandiswa Mpongwana, the British tenor Robert Lewis, the Polish baritone Pawel Trojak and the Thai bass Pete Thanapat. Professors, coaches, seasoned singers and directors have taken these five young people under their wing. They have taken part in several productions since their first season in Lyon, from Tannhäuser to Katia Kabanova, from Candide to Le Nozze di Figaro… They have also given smallerscale recitals in the Amphitheatre. Year I of the “Lyon Opera Studio” was a great success: our five soloists were acclaimed by the spectators and praised by the international critics. Year II will allow the audience to see these young and talented artists again in new roles while the artists themselves will be given a chance to discover new facets of their art.
Just like in their first season at Opéra de Lyon, the singers of the studio continue to be tutored by Kirsten Schötteldreier, who has made a name for herself as one of the most sought-after coaches in the European opera scene. Originally from Germany and based in Amsterdam, Schötteldreier has established herself with a unique, holistic approach to singing and performing. Aside from her work in Lyon, she regularly works with some of the most acclaimed singers in the international opera centers such as Berlin, London, Paris, Bayreuth, Vienna, Berlin, or Milan.
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