Young Artist Programme

At Longborough, we are excited about supporting British talent and providing professional performing opportunities to help them start their career in the UK.

Our Young Artist productions promote talented emerging artists at the beginning of their career. We work with emerging singers, orchestra players, stage management, and designers, supported by Longborough’s experienced management and technical teams.

For the last couple years, Baroque music has been the chosen repertoire for our Young Artist production. The lightness and flexibility required for Baroque music is a good opportunity for younger voices to showcase their abilities yet avoid the danger of singing heavy roles too soon in a career. We have been delighted by the support shown from our audiences for the Young Artist production and for the Baroque repertoire.

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Being part of a stage production, with orchestra, in a real opera house, is essential in developing artists for the future…

Aino Konkka, Ensemble in Handel’s Rinaldo – Longborough Young Artist Production 2014
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Our 2014 Young Artist production was Handel's Rinaldo. In 2015, Handel's Xerxes was performed in London and Hastings alongside two performances in Longborough: the small tour of the production enabled greater visibility of the performers, helping them understand how a tour works and the need for flexibility to adapt quickly to different performing venues.

2016 saw the Young Artist production tour to London once again, with Alcina marking the third in our series of Handel operas.

Our next Young Artist production will be Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, performed at Longborough on 29-30 July, and 1 August 2017.


We are strongly motivated by the feedback from the artists themselves; their thoughts are used to help us build a better programme year on year. In addition, their words drive us forward, helping us appreciate the value of the Young Artist programme:

"Being part of a stage production, with orchestra, in a real opera house, is essential in developing artists for the future, and these opportunities are still quite hard to come by. Longborough is an ideal venue for a young cast because of its size and more than anything, because of the it’s extremely warm audience reception... the first night at Longborough was probably the warmest audience I had ever performed to before."

Aino Konkka, Ensemble in Handel’s Rinaldo – Longborough Young Artist Production 2014

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Support our Young Artists

If you are inspired by the work we do with young artists, please consider supporting our programme.

"I’m glad that there are opportunities like this for young singers today when funding cuts are hitting everyone hard."

Richard Moore, Mago Christiano in Handel’s Rinaldo – Longborough Young Artist Production 2014