2017 Fellow James Way in our 2016 production, Simplicius Simplicissimus © Robbie Jack

Independent Opera Artist Support is a programme of Scholarships and Fellowships born of IO’s desire to support and champion artists at the outset of their careers, both on the stage and off.  

Independent Opera Voice Fellowships are awarded annually to talented singers in the early stages of their professional operatic careers. Each Fellow receives funding of £5,000 for singing lessons, coaching sessions, hiring of pianists and professional development.  The programme includes invitations to specialist mentoring and skills-building events as well as one-to-one mentoring with IO’s Creative Director Natalie Murray Beale.

Candidates are nominated to apply by leading industry figures and IO’s partner music conservatoires – Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  Selection is by audition held in London in the spring and summer and Fellowships begin in September.

Since the programme was launched in 2007, 66 singers have been awarded a Voice Fellowship including notable recipients Louise Alder, Catriona Morison, Benedict Nelson and Andrew Foster-Williams.

For a full list of our Fellows and Alumni click here

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