Young Artists Opera Program
In October 2009, the Bolshoi Theatre set up the Young Artists Opera Program, in which young singers and pianists from Russia and the CIS countries have opportunities to refine their professional technique. For two years, young artists selected on the basis of auditions, are coached in different disciplines, including vocal techniques, stage movement and stagecraft, foreign languages; they also attend master-classes given by famous opera singers and coaches. In addition, participants have an immense stage practice, including singing roles in premieres and current opera productions of the Bolshoi Theatre, as well as preparing various concert programs.
Since its foundation the acknowledged professionals in the field of opera art have worked with the artists of the Young Artist Opera program, such as singers Elena Obraztsova, Evgeny Nesterenko, Irina Bogacheva, Maria Guleghina, Makvala Kasrashvili, Carol Vaness (USA), Neil Shicoff (USA), Kurt Rydl (Austria), Natalie Dessay (France), Thomas Allen (United Kingdom); Pianists - Giulio Zappa (Italy), Alessandro Amoretti (Italy), Larisa Gergieva, Lubov Orfenova, Mark Lawson (USA, Germany), Brenda Hurley (Ireland, Switzerland), John Fisher (USA), George Darden (USA); Conductors - Alberto Zedda (Italy), Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia), Mikhail Yurovsky (Russia), Giacomo Sagripanti (Italy); directors - Francesca Zambello (USA), Paul Curran (USA), John Norris (USA), etc.
Artists and graduates of the Young Artists Opera Program perform on the greatest stages of the world, such as Metropolitan Opera (USA), Royal Opera House (UK), Teatro alla Scala (Italy), Berliner Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper Berlin (Germany), Opera de Paris (France), Wiener Staatsoper (Austria) and others. Many graduates of the Youth Opera Program joined the Bolshoi Opera Company or became the guest soloists of the theatre.
The Artistic Director of The Young Artists Opera Program is Dmitry Vdovin.