NI Opera

Rosemary Street Recital with Aoife Miskelly and Jamie Rock – Wednesday 20th August, 1.15pm

Belfast born soprano Aoife Miskelly will perform in a recital at the First Presbyterian Church on Rosemary Street, Belfast, this Wednesday with Irish baritone Jamie Rock. Aoife has performed in a number of NI Opera shows including Hansel and Gretel and The Importance of Being Earnest, and after singing the role of Pamina in our upcoming production of The Magic Flute she will join the Cologne Opera House as an ensemble member where her roles will include: Despina, Harey (Solaris by Detlev Glanert), Valencienne (Die lustige Witwe), Papagena, Eliza Dolittle (My Fair Lady) at the Royal Opera House Muskat, Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito) and Frasquita in Carmen.

Lunchtime recitals in the First Presbyterian Church on Rosemary Street are a well-established feature in the social and cultural calendar of Belfast. The policy of the committee is to give a platform for young Irish musicians who hope to pursue a career in music. They also hope to provide the opportunity for busy city centre workers, shoppers, tourists and music lovers to relax in the beautiful eighteenth century building and enjoy good music throughout the summer.

Admission to all recitals is free and a retiring collection to cover expenses will be available in the Church entrance hall (for directions check out http://www.nspresbyterian.org/churches/church05/churchdetail.htm)

Rosemary Street Recital with Sinéad O’Kelly, Sarah Richmond and Richard Shaffrey – Wednesday 6th August, 1.15pm

NI Opera Voice of 2013 Sinéad O’Kelly will perform in a recital at the First Presbyterian Church on Rosemary Street, Belfast, on Wednesday 6th August at 1.15pm. Sinéad will be joined by NI Opera’s Young Artists Sarah Richmond and Richard Shaffrey and accompanied by Donal McCrisken, performing pieces by Donizetti, Mozart, Bellini and Britten.

Lunchtime recitals in the First Presbyterian Church on Rosemary Street are a well-established feature in the social and cultural calendar of Belfast. The policy of the committee is to give a platform for young Irish musicians who hope to pursue a career in music. They also hope to provide the opportunity for busy city centre workers, shoppers, tourists and music lovers to relax in the beautiful eighteenth century building and enjoy good music throughout the summer.

Other recitals in the series include:

August 13th: Miriam Kaczor, Flute and Luliu Teodor Radu, Piano

August 20th: Aoife Miskelly, Soprano; Jamie Rock, Baritone; Peter Wilkinson, Piano

Admission to all recitals is free and a retiring collection to cover expenses will be available in the Church entrance hall (for directions check out http://www.nspresbyterian.org/churches/church05/churchdetail.htm)

A North Belfast Opera

The Belfast Buildings Trust, in partnership with NI Opera, are developing a short opera which will be created from scratch and performed by people from North Belfast.

Through a series of informal and relaxed workshops, participants will explore North Belfast’s mill heritage using photographs, poetry and folk songs as inspiration to create a fresh, new opera. They will work with a skilled creative team; professional designers to create scenery and costumes for the opera, and trained singers and a pianist to help write the words and music for the piece. Participants will learn new skills and have the chance to meet new people, and anyone over the age of 11 is welcome take part, whether they are teenagers, middle aged or over 65.

No previous experience in music or design is required, and even those who think they can’t sing are welcome to take part and either focus on the design and heritage elements, or give everything a go.

The workshops will take place in the former St. Patrick’s School, Donegall Street, on the dates below:

Saturday 9th August
Sunday 10th August
Wednesday 13th August
Thursday 14th August
Friday 15th August
Thursday 21st August
Friday 22nd August
Saturday 23rd August (final workshop & performance)

Participants are encouraged to come to as many workshops as they can (it is not necessary to attend all of them), as long as they can commit to the workshops on Friday 22nd August and Saturday 23rd August.

The last workshop will take place at Conway Mill with a tour of the mill, an informal performance at the market, and lunch. The performance will then take place in the newly opened Duncairn Centre for Arts & Culture, home of the 174 Trust, on the evening of Saturday 23rd August.

This project has been developed because Belfast Buildings Trust is working on an exciting regeneration project at Carlisle Memorial Church, working with people in North Belfast on a programme that is productive and ambitious for what is possible in the area. This project is part of that work and NI Opera are a key partner because of their commitment to widen the audience for opera, to promote the best of Northern Irish talent, and to engage with local communities

To find out more or to register your interest in taking part, contact Shane Quinn at the Belfast Buildings Trust on 028 9064 4496 or by email info@belfastbuildingstrust.org

This project is grant aided by Belfast City Council. The views expressed are not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Council. The Council does not accept any responsibility or liability for same.

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