Continuing its work to build the next generation of artists, Vancouver Opera is welcoming two new participants to the 2021–2022 Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program. Hillary Tufford and Amanda Testini will join returning artists Ian Cleary, Luka Kawabata, Amy Seulky Lee, and Jonelle Sills.
“Our 2021–2022 participants are an exceptional group of artists who will have an opportunity to work and train with world-class opera professionals this coming season,” says Tom Wright, Vancouver Opera General Director. “With our anticipated return to stage this year, we are pleased to welcome back a few of last year’s young artists—who had extraordinary performances in two of our digital productions—for exciting live performance opportunities this season.”
This residency program bridges the young artists’ formal educational programs and the professional opera world and provides singers, pianists, and stage directors unique opportunities to train with industry leaders and receive hands-on experience. The program is made possible through a generous donation by the family of Yulanda M. Faris, artists receive one-on-one coaching, attend masterclasses, and are provided performance opportunities where possible.
“The Vancouver Opera residence program provides these artists with an experience that is instrumental in preparing them for a successful professional career in opera,” says Leslie Dala, Program Director. “We strive to provide high-calibre training and mentorship alongside performance experience. This year we are delighted to be back on the stage performing for live audiences.”
The new participants of the 2021–2022 Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program are:
Hillary Tufford, Mezzo-Soprano
Amanda Testini, Stage Director
The returning artists are:
Ian Cleary, Tenor
Luka Kawabata, Baritone
Amy Seulky Lee, Pianist
Jonelle Sills, Soprano
For full biographies and details on the Yulanda M. Faros Young Artists Program visit vancouveropera.ca
The application deadline date for the 2022–2023 Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program is September 30, 2021. Interested applicants can apply at vancouveropera.ca/about/auditions/.