The New Zealand Opera Artist Development Programme, supported by the Dame Malvina Major Foundation for the last 20 years, provides an opportunity for some of New Zealand’s most promising young opera singers to develop their craft within the context of our national opera company.
This year’s Dame Malvina Major Foundation Studio Artists are sopranos Felicity Tomkins and Anna Simmons and tenor Harry Grigg.
The programme equips artists with the skills necessary for an opera career through a programme of vocal and dramatic training encompassing languages, movement, interpretation, stagecraft and mentoring by international experts. They are supported through role-study and performance opportunities with New Zealand Opera. The programme is tailored specifically to meet the needs of each individual artist under the guidance of New Zealand Opera’s Head of Music, Lindy Tennent-Brown.