Young Singers Project

Director: Evamaria Wieser
Assistant and organization: Xenia Hofmann

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 opera The Fairy Queen and also appeared in further Festival productions during the 2016 season. In a final concert, the members of YSP presented themselves to the public.

Miriam Albano (Mezzo-soprano)
Unnsteinn Árnason (Bass)
Andrzej Filónczyk (Baritone)
Nika Gorič (Soprano)
Oliver Johnston (Tenor)
Elbenita Kajtazi (Soprano)
Albina Latipova (Soprano)
Mingjie Lei (Tenor)
Marielle Murphy (Soprano)
Sean Michael Plumb (Baritone)
Simon Shibambu (Bass-baritone)
Valentina Stadler (Mezzo-soprano)
Szilvia Vörös (Mezzo-soprano)

Application for the YSP 2017

The age limit for the Young Singers Project is 30; to apply for the YSP 2017 please send the following documents until November 15, 2016 to YSP@salzburgfestival.at:

-        CV with birthdate and photo

-        2-3 (current) audio or video examples

-        list of repertoire

Due to the great number of applications we ask for your understanding that we will have to do a preselection for the auditions. Invitations to audition will be made in writing.



Supported by the Kühne Foundation and L’Occitane

The China tour of the Young Singers Project is presented by Shanghai Hantang Culture Development


Come, come, come, let us leave the Town
And in some lonely place,
Where Crouds and Noise were never known,
Resolve to spend our days.
In pleasant Shades upon the Grass
At Night our selves we’ll lay;
Our Days in harmless Sport shall pass,
Thus Time shall slide away.

The Fairy Queen, Act I, Duet


This invitation to enter Titania’s fairy kingdom marks the beginning of this year’s children’s opera, The Fairy Queen. Thus, we invite our young friends to discover the Salzburg Festival as a magical place where music and theatre can be experienced intensely – and far away from daily life.
Apart from reduced tickets to regular performances for young visitors, it is mainly the special performance formats developed particularly for a young audience which help us awaken and strengthen the enjoyment and understanding of music and theatre: new children’s operas produced especially for Salzburg, the introductory workshops offering ‘Fun and Games with Purcell’, the opera camps we are offering this year for the tenth time in cooperation with the Vienna Philharmonic, various fringe programmes for specific age groups and projects for young adults as well.
We also actively support young artists: through our Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor, the Young Singers Project and the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award – all of which present numerous public concerts and master classes.
Our greatest goal is to enable both groups – rising young artists and young Festival visitors – to meet each other, with unique experiences ensuing: when, for example, the members of the Young Singers Project find an enthusiastic young audience for their performances of the children’s opera, and the young audience, in turn, elicits outstanding artistic achievements from the singers.
There is much to discover at the Salzburg Festival, and we are delighted to present the following Children’s and Youth Programme for the 2016 season. May it bring our young friends joy and enthusiasm for opera, concerts and plays!