NI Opera

The Turn of the Screw takes part in UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014

Our critically acclaimed production of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw was performed at The Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow on August 27th and 28th as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014. Belfast-born treble Thomas Deazley travelled to Russia to perform the role of Miles and was joined by a Russian cast conducted by Jan Latham-Koenig and directed by NI Opera’s Artistic Director Oliver Mears.

Don’t miss the production when it tours throughout Northern Ireland in April 2015 and check out this video for audience reactions and snippets of the performance (in Russian): http://tvkultura.ru/video/show/brand_id/19725/episode_id/1049457/video_id/1039931



Puccini and a Pint in The Harp Bar – Culture Night, Friday 19th September, 6.30pm Start

Don’t miss our young singers performing in The Harp Bar on Friday 19th September as part of Belfast’s Culture Night. The first performance starts at 6.30pm and then further performances will take place every 30 minutes for 10/15 minutes, featuring some of the world’s most famous opera choruses including Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves.

Building on the success of last year’s ‘Opera’s Greatest Choruses’ in the John Hewitt Bar, young singers from previous NI Opera productions look forward to performing in the sumptuous surroundings of The Harp Bar and entertaining new audiences with an evening of passion, excitement and terrific music!

For more details, check out http://www.culturenightbelfast.com/e.php?e=1197 and for directions http://www.harpbarbelfast.com/

Change to Festival of Voice recital on Saturday

Ailish Tynan performing at the 2013 Festival of Voice


Regrettably, Giselle Allen has had to withdraw from Saturday evening’s Festival of Voice recital at St. Patrick’s Church in Glenarm due to ill health. We are, however, delighted that Ailish Tynan has agreed to step in at short notice and perform in Giselle’s place. Well-known to opera audiences across the island of Ireland, Ailish trained at Trinity College, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was a Vilar Young Artist at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, a BBC New Generation Artist, and won the Rosenblatt Recital Prize at the 2003 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Recent roles have included Gretel (Hansel und Gretel) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and Papagena (Die Zauberflote) at La Scala Milan. Ailish performed in a BBC Invitation recital at last year’s Glenarm Festival of Voice.

The revised programme for the Glenarm Festival of Voice is now as follows:

Friday, August 29, 8.00pm, St. Patrick’s Church: Recital given by Voice of 2013 SinĂ©ad O’Kelly, with special guest John Porter and accompanist David Quigley.

Saturday, August 30, 8.00pm, St. Patrick’s Church: Recital given by Ailish Tynan, with accompanist Iain Burnside.

Sunday, August 31, 2.00pm, Londonderry Arms Hotel Carnlough: Mozart at the Londonderry Arms, performed by past and present members of NI Opera’s Young Artists’ Programme.

Sunday, August 31, 6.00pm, Church of the Immaculate Conception: Voice of 2014 Gala Final, hosted by Sean Rafferty.

We wish Giselle a speedy recovery.

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