We are delighted to welcome a talented group of Emerging Artists for our 2021/22 Season, with soprano Catriona Hewitson returning, alongside two new singers, mezzo-soprano Lea Shaw and tenor Glen Cunningham, while Toby Hession continues as the Emerging Artist repetiteur.

The Emerging Artists will have opportunities to perform with us in live productions throughout the year, as well as work in-house with Scottish Opera staff and visiting coaches to develop their skills.

Lea and Glen have already been on the road for Opera Highlights, travelling to local venues across Scotland. Catriona returns for a second year with us, having sung in performances in the Scottish Opera: On Screen productions of Opera Highlights, The Diary of One Who Disappeared, L’elisir d’amore and Live in South Lanarkshire. She recently sang in live performances of Così fan tutte at Lammermuir Festival and Perth Concert Hall, and will make her mainstage debut in front of an audience for The Gondoliers and Utopia, Limited later this month. Toby continues his work with the Company having worked on Falstaff in the summer, and he made his conducting debut at the Orchestra of Scottish Opera’s lunchtime concerts at Live at No.40.

The Scottish Opera Emerging Artists programme was originally set up to nurture outstanding young singers. Over 12 years it has supported 33 singers and 55 young artists overall including composers, costume designers, repetiteurs and directors. Previous Emerging Artists include soprano Jennifer France, tenor Elgan Llŷr Thomas, baritone Ben McAteer, repetiteur Jonathon Swinard, and composers Gareth Williams and Lliam Paterson.

 The programme is supported by Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artist Benefactors.

 To read more about the Emerging Artists, click here.