Young Singers Project 2022

Supported by the Kühne Foundation, main sponsor of the Salzburg Festival


Serafina Starke (GER), Festival President Dr. Kristina Nicole Chirka (UKR), Aleksei Kulagin (RUS), Ann-Kathrin

Hammer, Alma Neuhaus (USA), Flore Van Meerssche (BEL) Niemczyk (GER), YSP Director Evamaria Wieser

© SF/Erika Mayer © SF/Erika Mayer

(SF, 4 July 2022) “Our Young Singers Project offers vocalists ideal conditions to work on repertoire with renowned coaches and further develop their artistic abilities. As director of the Young Singers Project, Evamaria Wieser continues to prove her unerring instinct for discovering and selecting outstanding vocal talents,” says Artistic Director Markus Hinterhäuser.

“This year we look forward to welcoming 15 participants from nine nations who will appear in seven productions. The Young Singers Project ideally illustrates the Salzburg Festival’s endeavours to engage with the next generation and support selected young talents to the best of our abilities,” Festival President Dr. Kristina Hammer characterizes the YSP concept.

With the Young Singers Project, the Salzburg Festival created a platform fostering young vocalists in 2008. Since this long-standing success story began, 182 young singers from 45 countries have participated; this year the participants come from Germany, Belgium, South Korea, the USA, Ireland, Thailand and Italy – as well as two singers from Ukraine and one from Russia.

The singers are chosen by Evamaria Wieser at international auditions. As part of their fellowship, they are offered a comprehensive educational programme. Tuition includes not only music lessons and repertoire expansion, but also stage rehearsals, language coaching, lied interpretation and working with Festival artists. Master classes and a strong practical orientation make YSP an international model for young artist programmes. Public master classes will be offered this summer by Malcolm Martineau, Lisette Oropesa and Piotr Beczala.

Every year, the participants in the Young Singers Project are featured in the children’s opera performances; this year the new production will be Stefan Johannes Hanke’s Der Teufel mit den drei goldenen Haaren. They also appear in productions of the 2022 Festival season and present themselves to the audience in a final concert on 27 August. The concert at the Main Auditorium of the Mozarteum Foundation features the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg under the baton of Adrian Kelly. For many concertgoers, this performance by the young singers is the emotional highlight of their visit to the Salzburg Festival.

Free tickets for the public master classes are available online from 2 July 2022 onwards via Please note that these tickets must be personalized.

The participants of the 2022 Young Singers Project will perform in the following productions and roles this summer:


Martina Russomano (Soprano) – Un’amante, Suor Osmina

Alma Neuhaus (Mezzo-Soprano) – Seconda Cercatrice

Liam James Karai (Bass-Baritone) – Guccio

Aleksei Kulagin (Bass) – Pinellino


Ann-Kathrin Niemczyk (Soprano) – Fekluša

Nicole Chirka (Mezzo-Soprano) – Glaša / A Woman


Ann-Kathrin Niemczyk (Soprano) – Alisa

Seungwoo Simon Yang (Tenor) – Normanno


Flore Van Meerssche (Soprano) – Sacerdotessa


Jasmin Delfs (Coloratura Soprano) – Queen of the Night (10 August)


Serafina Starke (Soprano) – The Princess

Sofia Vinnik (Mezzo-Soprano) – The Child of Fortune

Niklas Mayer (Tenor) – Ferryman / Rather Stupid Robber / Inhabitant of the Sick Land

Pete Thanapat (Bass-Baritone) – Devil / Robber Boss / Inhabitant of the Sick Land

Alexandre Fritze (Bass) – The Devil’s Grandmother / Slow Robber / Inhabitant of the Sick Land

CONCERT OF THE VIENNA PHILHARMONIC(20, 22 August) under the baton of Daniel Barenboim

Second Act from Parsifal WWV 111

Sopranos: Serafina Starke, Ann Kathrin Niemczyk, Flore Van Meerssche, Jasmin Delfs

Mezzo-Sopranos: Alma Neuhaus, Sofia Vinnik

as Flower Girls

Further information on the master classes and YSP final concert can be found here: