Many congratulations to Antony McDonald who won Best Set Designer at the inaugural International Opera Awards in London last night. Antony will be collaborating with NI Opera in an exciting new production later this year….we’ll be announcing the full programme of our 2013/14 season at the end of next week, so watch this space for more details!
NI Opera’s Artistic Director, Oliver Mears has been nominated in the Best Newcomer category in this year’s International Opera Awards, in association with Opera magazine.
The International Opera Awards recognise the achievements of all the performers, producers and teams that work in opera. Award categories include New Production, Opera Company, Director, and Conductor, and winners are selected by a distinguished judging panel of opera writers and experts. The winners will be revealed at a glittering ceremony at the Hilton Park Lane on the 22 April.
Simon Holdsworth, who designed NI Opera’s productions of Tosca, Noye’s Fludde, The Flying Dutchman and The Bear has also been nominated in the Set Designer category, as has Antony McDonald, who will be directing and designing a production for NI Opera later this year.
Oliver Mears said, “Having won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Opera last year, and having been shortlisted for the Achievement in Opera award from the Theatrical Management Association, it’s wonderful to be nominated for the 2013 International Opera Awards. The Opera Awards are incredibly prestigious, and nominations like this recognise how far we have come in such a short period.”
Following on from NI Opera’s production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, we are holding auditions for our 2013/2014 season.
We would welcome all those with singing experience (preferably in opera or classical singing) to apply, not only professional singers. We will be recruiting a mixture of core paid singers, as well as singers who will receive expenses only. Candidates should be over 16 but otherwise there is no age restriction.
Rehearsals will not be full-time, and many will be in the evening and at weekends, rather than in the daytime.
Auditions will take place on Tuesday 23 April and Saturday 11 May 2013 in the Grand Opera House, Belfast. Candidates should prepare one aria (either from an opera or oratorio), which displays some degree of vocal dexterity.
Please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and if you are successful we will allocate you an audition slot (if necessary, please include one or two preferred times). Please note that these are not open auditions. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 17April 2013.
If you have any queries, contact the NI Opera office on 028 9027 7734.