New York, NY (June 13, 2018) – Sophie Joyce has been appointed the new Director of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, the Metropolitan Opera’s elite program for leading young singers on the cusp of international opera careers. In her new position, Ms. Joyce will report to the Met’s Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and to Diane Zola, the incoming Assistant General Manager who will be heading the Met’s artistic administration. Known for her ability to scout and nurture extraordinary talent, Ms. Joyce is a member of the pre-selection panel worldwide for the prestigious Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition. She has also advised young artists at the Royal College of Music. For ten years until 2016 she worked at English National Opera (ENO) where she was Head of Casting, and Director of the ENO Harewood Artist Program. She had earlier been Administrator of the company’s Young Singers Program and Assistant Company Manager.Since 1980 the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program has nurtured talented young artists through training and performance opportunities. Notable alumni of the Program have included Stephanie Blythe, Christine Goerke, Nathan Gunn, Mariusz Kwiecien, Sondra Radvanovsky, and Dawn Upshaw. To meet the individual needs of each young artist, the Program provides specialized training in music, language, dramatic coaching, and movement from the Met's own artistic staff and invited master teachers. Ms. Joyce succeeds Michael Heaston who has recently been appointed Director of Opera Studies at Rice University and Music Director of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.