April Koyejo-Audiger becomes Royal Opera House Link Artist
Friday 31 May 2019
Royal College of Music alumna April Koyejo-Audiger has been selected to join the Royal Opera House (ROH) as a Link Artist for 2019/20. April will be performing in the ROH’s new production of Handel’s Susanna in March 2020.
British soprano April Koyejo-Audiger studied for a Master of Performance at the RCM with Amanda Roocroft, supported by a Leverhulme Arts scholarship. April has performed as a soloist at many notable venues including the London Coliseum, Sadler’s Wells and the Royal Festival Hall. She recently covered the role of Strawberry Woman in the English National Opera’s Porgy and Bess and the role of Lettuce in These Wondering Stones, a new production for the Barbican’s South Unbound Festival.
Link Artists join the Royal Opera House as part of its Jette Parker Young Artists (JPYA) Programme, which supports the artistic development of talented singers at the beginning of their careers. The Link Artist scheme allows coaching and development opportunities to be offered to a broader range of artists than those on the full-time Programme. JPYA Link Artists continue their freelance careers and join the ROH to observe rehearsals, receive coaching in repertory and learn complementary professional skills which support their career development.
April commented: ‘It is an immense honour to have been chosen as a Link Artist. I am excited about the level of development and growth that this opportunity will afford me, and look forward to performing my first role in the Linbury Theatre.
I am grateful to the Royal College of Music for providing me with a solid artistic foundation and access to a wide array of highly experienced professors, enabling me to develop my own sense of artistry and move on to a professional career.’
As well as the ROH’s Susanna, April's upcoming engagements include the roles of Stella in The Lost Love Speakeasy and Lucy in Scott Joplin's Treemonisha at the Grimeborn Festival.
Find out more about the ROH Jette Parker Young Artists Programme here.