Young Artists

Since 2003 we have auditioned about 1,000 singers, 100 of whom have become Les Azuriales Young Artist alumni of one of our programmes.


Principally the route to becoming a Les Azuriales Young Artist has been through our summer Programme  which has been held annually in August in the South of France.  This has comprised  a competition, a masterclass and an opera (or a reduced version) from scratch.


The distinguished  givers of our public Masterclasses and private workshops have included: Lucy Arner, Sally Burgess, Peter Coleman-Wright, Michèle Crider, Sarah Jane Davies, Peter Kazaras, Ljuba Kazarnovskaya, Elaine KiddPeter Lockwood, Martin Lloyd-Evans, Emanuele Moris, Dennis O'Neill CBE, Pedro Ribeiro, Brindley Sherratt and Alessandro Talevi.

A number of our artists have been winners or finalists of major competitions, including the Montserrat Caballé Prize, the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the Stella Maris awards and Cardiff Singer of the World.

Eight of our alumni have joined the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists programme, some solely because of our introduction. Others have been to the National Opera Studio (UK), Vienna State Opera and other prestigious programmes.


Although most of our alumni are singers, we are interested in supporting anyone involved in creating opera. Indeed we have helped young composers, directors, set and costume designers etc.




An annual singing competition,  masterclass and an opera from scratch for 8 to 10 singers in the South of France at the end of August.​  We have yet to decide about our  2020 programme.


This annual concert usually in February / March is an opportunity for our winners and selected finalists from our summer programme to showcase their talent to opera professionals.(agents, casting managers etc.).


Holding rigorous selection auditions conducted by experienced opera performers and musicians. 



Giving our alumni help, support and advice on a wide range of topics to support their careers.


To help young artists with specific projects which will make a significant difference to their careers. More details



Helping our alumni with performance opportunities, ranging from singing in concerts to singing engagements for a run of opera performances.



Providing short-term accommodation for young artists, especially in London, for rehearsals, auditions etc.



Encouraging the creation of new work for the voice.




Helping others organise masterclasses and competitions for young artists.


    President: Sarah Holford   Music Director: Bryan Evans MBE
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    Richard Salter QC (Chairman)  - Sir Vernon Ellis - Christopher Hampson CBE - Dame Antoinette Sibley DBE


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