As of the summer of 2008, the Salzburg Festival hosts a Young Singers Project directed by Michael Schade and Barbara Bonney. Together with Artistic Director Jürgen Flimm and Artistic Administrator Evamaria Wieser, the two artists have invited young, highly talented professional singers to Salzburg for this programme.
Eleven singers from around the world were selected for the Young Singers Project from over 200 applicants following auditions in New York, London, Toronto and Salzburg, they work with Festival artists in Salzburg, attend rehearsals and study roles of the opera repertoire.
In addition to the working sessions, there are six master classes open to the public. Through their daily exchange with the artists at the Festival, the young artists gain knowledge and experience.The public master classes are held at the University’s Great Auditorium and are led by Christa Ludwig, Barbara Bonney, Michael Schade, Jürgen Flimm, Thomas Quasthoff, Franz Grundheber and Malcolm Martineau.