Glyndebourne Academy is a New Generation Programme project which aims to support gifted and talented young singers who, for a number of possible reasons, are not in a position to consider a standard path towards Music College and a career as a professional singer. This may be due to personal circumstances, lack of career guidance, lack of skills development, financial barriers or other factors.
The Academy has provided a select number of young singers, several of whom were entirely new to opera, with seven days of intensive instruction in operatic vocal technique and performance.
Eight students between the ages of 18-27 took part in a residential course which ran for five days in August 2012 under the direction of vocal expert Mary King. Sessions covered vocal coaching, training in movement and drama, language coaching, work on notational literacy, discussion sessions about vocal types, career considerations, support networks and the range of skills development needed for an operatic career. Students reunited for two days of follow-up workshops in November 2012 and presented a public sharing of works in progress at Glyndebourne on 17 November 2012. Over the winter of 2012, they received continued support in the form of advice and resources concerning how they can continue their operatic development until such time as they are able to attend music college or other formal training.
Artistic Director: Mary King
Project Manager: Nancy Gillio-Terry
Mrs Christine Collins
Dr and Mrs John Padfield
The Sidney E Frank Foundation
Glyndebourne New Generation Programme