Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme realises a young tenor’s dream

Today the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme received some wonderful news, the kind of news that really makes our work here feel worthwhile. In April we invited a young Brazilian tenor, Wagner Moreira, to sing some of Berlioz Les Nuits D’été with the Britten–Pears Orchestra in our Easter Sunday concert. He then sang Basilio in scenes from The Marriage of Figaro with Ann Murray and Claudio Desderi.

Wagner was a new applicant to the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme, and had never been to Europe prior to these courses. As such, we had little idea of what talent he had except through an audition video. And how overwhelmed we were! The great Ann Murray was so impressed by Wagner’s voice that she suggested he contact some of the London music colleges to see whether anyone could hear him during his short trip to the UK – and he was successful.

Wagner (top left) with other course participants and Ann Murray

Wagner (top left) with other course participants and Ann Murray

Wagner has just given us the wonderful news that the Royal Academy of Music have offered him a full scholarship to start a Masters in Vocal Studies this coming September. It is the best news that Wagner could have received as he will benefit so much from the teaching that the Academy will be able to offer, and we are sure he will have a very successful career!

In Wagner’s own words: “I just arrived in Brazil and I am writing only to say that I am so grateful for every moment and opportunity in this wonderful place. I learned a lot there and I am sure that this opportunity totally changed my artistic professional life. Thank you very much to the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme for having allowed me to achieve this important thing in my life! I am so grateful!”

Wagner with the other Marriage of Figaro participants following their Final Recital

Wagner with the other Marriage of Figaro participants following their Final Recital