New Zealand tenor Thomas Atkins successfully made his way through the rigourous selection process and has been awarded a place on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, commencing in September 2016.

The Jette Parker Young Artists work as members of The Royal Opera for a two-year period, during which time they perform in a variety of main-stage productions, concerts and recitals, as well as covering lead roles. They also receive coaching in all opera disciplines, including role interpretation, language and stagecraft.