Royal Opera House youth company to make debut

Young singers take to the stage

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The Royal Opera House’s Youth Company is to make its public debut this May.

The 39-strong troupe, which formed last September, will take to the stage to give the first performance of Richard Taylor’s Beginners. Commissioned for the occasion, the work is set in Victorian London and imagines the lives of child performers.

Today's group of 9-12 year-olds, who rehearse every Saturday, will also sing Drowning in Imagination, which brings together a host of opera choruses written for young voices.

It’s the first time Covent Garden has had a youth company, and this debut paves the way to an appearance by the budding opera stars in a children’s chorus on the main stage. Steven Moore, who himself was a member of the ROH’s Jette Parker Young Artists Scheme for young professionals, will conduct the performances.

‘All our artists here strive to be the best they can be and that’s what the Youth Opera Company’s about: giving young people the opportunity and support to realise their potential,’ says Paul Reeve, director of education at the ROH. ‘At every session with them we’re all inspired by their commitment, talent and creativity.’

Rebecca Franks

The Youth Opera Company appears at the Linbury Studio on 21 and 22 May 2011 at 7pm

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