NI Opera

Summer Recital Series at First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast, July-August

We are delighted to be a partner in this year’s Summer Recital Series at the First Presbyterian Church on Rosemary Street, Belfast. The recitals will be held in the beautiful eighteenth century Church in the city centre every Wednesday in July and August and will feature the finest young talent from across Ireland and beyond.

Members of our Young Artists’ Programme and the winner of the 2014 Festival of Voice Seán Boylan will perform alongside a variety of musicians, and the Sundance Trio who hail from America will perform for the first time in Ireland.

July 15th at 1.15pm
Northern Ireland Opera’s Young Artists
Maria McGrann (Soprano), Conor Breen (Tenor) and David Stevens (Piano)
Performing arias, songs and duets by Handel, Wolf, Duparc and Britten

July 22nd at 1.15pm
Billy O’Brien (Piano)
Performing works by Mozart, Chopin and Ravel

July 29th at 1.15pm
Northern Ireland Opera’s Young Artists
Andrea Delaney (Soprano), Helen Aiken (Mezzo-Soprano) and Donal McCrisken (Piano)
Performing arias, songs and duets by Faure, Strauss, Donizetti and Offenbach

August 5th at 1.15pm
David McCann (Cello) and Brian Connor (Piano)
Performing works by Vivaldi, Pärt, Webern and Brahms

August 12th at 1.15pm
Northern Ireland Opera Voice of 2014
Seán Boylan (Baritone) and Tham Horng Kent (Piano)
Performing arias and songs by Mendelssohn, Debussy, Quilter and Mozart

August 19th at 1.15pm
Sarah Brady (Soprano), Seamus Wylie (Clarinet) and David Adams (Piano)
Performing music by Schubert, Gounod, Dvorak and Barber

August 26th at 1.15pm
Sundance Trio – Geralyn Giovannetti (Oboe), Christian Smith (Bassoon) and Jed Moss (Piano)
Performing music by Bach, Alvira and Douglas

Admission to all recitals is free with a retiring collection for the Church

2015-16 Young Artists Announced

We are delighted to announce that the members of the Northern Ireland Opera Young Artists’ Programme 2015-16 have been chosen and are: soprano Gabrielle Mulcahy from Dublin, soprano Rebecca Rodgers from Co. Meath, mezzo-soprano Laura McFall from Co. Antrim and tenor David Lynn from Co. Mayo.

The four singers will start the programme in September 2015 and will perform at a variety of events, understudy roles in NI Opera productions, assist with the company’s outreach activities and travel to London to attend shows and have coachings with top opera professionals. For more details on the Young Artists’ Programme, check out the ‘About’ section

Young Artists’ Programme 2015-16 Open for Applications

Northern Ireland Opera’s Young Artists’ Programme is designed to nurture aspiring talent and showcase up-and-coming performers from across Ireland. The programme will give four young singers and creative artists the opportunity to hone their skills, whilst being supported at a transitional stage in their careers. They will work closely with NI Opera, an award-winning company, and this is a relationship which will continue as they develop in their profession. Participants will receive support in a number of ways including coaching and training, access to international shows, and the chance to be involved with NI Opera productions, events and outreach activities.

Who is eligible for the Young Artists’ Programme?

- The programme is open to singers, conductors, directors and designers who are interested in pursuing a career in opera
- Participants must be aged 21-31 and domiciled* in Ireland

*You are domiciled in the country where you have your permanent home – domicile is distinct from nationality or residence and you can only have one domicile at any given time. For more information, please consult your Inland Revenue website – /

The Young Artists’ Programme will provide the opportunity to:

- Perform in recitals and events
- Benefit from coaching, training, career advice and guidance
- Take part in outreach activities
- Undertake paid understudy/performance roles and assist with NI Opera productions
- Be involved with new work and short pieces
- Act as an ambassador for Northern Ireland Opera
- Visit other opera companies and attend shows and events

How can I apply?
Please email a CV and cover letter stating how the programme would be valuable to you for the attention of Clíona Donnelly, General Manager, NI Opera, Grand Opera House, Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7HR; – and the closing date is Friday 19th June 2015

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an audition and/or an interview in Belfast on Monday 29th June 2015, and for more details visit or call the office on 028 9027 7734

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