Young Singers Project

Evamaria Wieser, Director of YSP
Xenia Hofmann, Assistant and organization

The age limit for the Young Singers Project is 30; to apply for the YSP 2016 please send the following documents between 20 September and 15 November 2015 to x.hofmann@salzburgfestival.at:

-        CV with birthdate
-        2-3 (current) audio or video examples
-        list of repertoire

In 2008 the Salzburg Festival created the Young Singers Project, a high-class platform to support and nurture young vocalists. Young singers are selected through international auditions for the Young Singers Project, and participants of the scholarship receive the opportunity to work with Festival artists. The curriculum does not only include musical education and repertoire expansion, but also staged rehearsals, language coaching and Lied interpretation. The master classes led by renowned Festival artists are open to the public. These encounters and the clear practical connection with the Festival make the YSP an educational programme that has become an international benchmark and model.
The members of the Young Singers Project performed in the new production of the children’s version of Il barbiere di Siviglia and also appeared in further Festival productions during the 2015 season. In a final concert, the participants of YSP presented themselves to the public.

The participants of the Young Singers Project 2015 were:

Gordon Bintner, Bassbaritone
Goran Cah, Tenor
Adriana Ferfecka, Soprano
Rafael Fingerlos, Baritone
Christina Gansch, Soprano
Andrew Haji, Tenor
Federica Lombardi, Soprano
Catriona Morison, Mezzo-soprano
Dara Savinova, Mezzo-soprano
Claire de Sévigné, Soprano
Ivan Thirion, Baritone
Bror Magnus Todenes, Tenor
Matthias Winckhler, Baritone

Public Master Classes
KS Christa Ludwig, Saturday, July 18, 2015, 03:00 pm* and 04:30 pm*
Michele Pertusi, Sunday, August 2, 2015, 05:00 pm
Bejun Mehta, Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 03:00 pm
Malcolm Martineau, Friday, August 21, 2015, 11:00 am

*As part of the Festival Opening Party

Distribution of free tickets starting on July 4 at the SHOP • KARTEN/TICKETS of the Salzburg Festival at Hofstallgasse 1

Final Concert
Members of the Young Singers Project
Mozarteumorchester Salzburg
Conductor • Christoph Altstaedt

Thursday, August 27, 2015 – 07:30 pm
Stiftung Mozarteum / Großer Saal
Tickets for the Final Concert will be available at the Ticket Office of the Salzburg Festival.



Supported by the Kühne Foundation and L’Occitane


“Friends, this way, come this way, this is the place!”

Thus, Fiorello invites the musicians to accompany Count Almaviva during his serenade at the very beginning of the opera The Barber of Seville. And thus, we invite our young friends to discover the Salzburg Festival as THE place where everyone can join in!
On the one hand, we wish to awaken our young audience to the world of theatre, of opera and classical music – a world full of adventure, imagination and sound, where magical moments wait to be experienced. Specially developed performance formats, workshops, opera camps, youth tickets at reduced prices, student projects and age-appropriate introductory events for children and young people are all designed to spark and nurture an enjoyment and understanding of music and theatre.
On the other hand, we also wish to actively support young artists. The Salzburg Festival is an accelerator and launch-pad for artistic careers, but also offers the space and time for very different artist characters to unfold gradually. This important responsibility is addressed by our Salzburg Festival and Theatre Children’s Choir, the Young Singers Project and the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, all of which present numerous public concerts and master classes.
Our favourite goal is to create those happy moments in which both groups – young artists and young audience members – meet and give each other the gift of unique experiences: for example when members of the Young Singers Project win the hearts of their young audiences by performing this year’s children’s opera The Barber of Seville, and when those young audience members motivate the performers to give their very best.
There is much to discover at the Salzburg Festival, and we are delighted to present the following children’s and youth programme for the 2015 season to you. May it spark joy and enthusiasm for opera, concerts and drama!