Pittsburgh Festival Opera's Young Artists Program (YAP), newly restructured for 2020 and beyond, has been an integral part of the Pittsburgh Festival Opera educational mission since its inception. The program provides training and performance experience for talented singers at the beginning of their professional careers. This program accepts opera singers, coach/accompanists and stage directors.
The Young Artists Program is no longer a tuition-based program. Instead, singers are selected through national auditions to be invited to participate in the Pittsburgh Festival Opera summer season and paid a stipend and provided housing for the festival’s duration. The variety of nurturing experiences, an intensified performance period, and exposure to professional artists in the field allows YAPs to focus on education through performance. Young Artists will perform and cover appropriate roles in all mainstage productions and receive special attention in the preparation of audition, recital and art song repertoire with renowned artists like Jane Eaglen who returns to the Pittsburgh Festival Opera young artists faculty in 2020.