Freeman Alessando Fisher has been chosen to join the prestigious scheme from 2018 to 2020.
A graduate of London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he won joint first prize at the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. He sang Delmiro/Alindo (Hipermestra) at the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival and current engagements include Lucano (L’Incoronazione di Poppea) at the 2018 Salzburg Festival, Bastien (Bastien und Bastienne) and Don Polidoro (La finta semplice) for Classical Opera, the title role in Dardanus and Bach’s B Minor Mass for English Touring Opera.
Concert highlights include An Italian Songbook at the Oxford Lieder Festival 2018, Britten’s War Requiem in Lincoln Cathedral, BBC Radio 3’s recent Big Chamber Day at Saffron Hall, and recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall and Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery.
The New Generation Artists scheme was founded in 1999 with the aim of nurturing and promoting some of the world’s best young musicians at the start of their international careers.
Now in its 19th year, the scheme provides musicians with unrivalled opportunities to make studio recordings of chamber music and with the BBC orchestras, perform in Radio 3’s prestigious Monday Lunchtime Concert series at Wigmore Hall, as well as at many of the UK’s top festivals and venues, commission new work, and collaborate with fellow NGAs.
Through supporting the brightest musicians in reaching the next stage of their careers the scheme showcases new talent to listeners across the UK via a series of BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. Over the past 19 years the scheme has supported internationally recognised artists as diverse as Benjamin Grosvenor, Alison Balsom, the Belcea Quartet, Christine Rice and Gwilym Simcock.
Emma Bloxham, Editor, BBC Radio 3, says: “BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme offers an unrivalled platform to some of the world’s most exceptional young musicians at the start of their international careers. It’s always incredibly heartening to see and hear the wealth of young talent out there, and as ever it’s been a huge challenge to choose just six people to join us. However we’re incredibly excited about working with the class of 2018, and I’ve no doubt Radio 3 listeners are in for a treat!”