As 2013 draws to a close, we would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.
While most people are getting ready for the festive season, we’re busy with rehearsals for our next opera – an eagerly-anticipated new co-production of Verdi’s masterpiece Macbeth with Welsh National Opera and the Ulster Orchestra at the Grand Opera House on February 21-23. Tickets for the three performances of Macbeth are selling fast, so please book soon to avoid disappointment (and remember that they would make great last-minute Christmas presents!).
We’ve had an exciting 12 months, staging performances of operas as diverse as The Flying Dutchman, The Bear, A Hand of Bridge, Dido and Aeneas, L’Elisir d’Amore and The Importance of Being Earnest, and giving numerous recitals and concerts (if you couldn’t get into the John Hewitt pub to see us on Culture Night, there’s a short video of our ‘random act of culture’ below!). Our third annual Festival of Voice, during which the wonderful Sinéad O’Kelly was crowned Voice of 2013, was the biggest and best yet, and in 2013 we also welcomed four new talented singers to our Young Artists’ Programme – Ioana Pipelea, Sarah Richmond, Richard Shaffrey and Jean Wallace.
Many thanks to everyone who came to see a performance this year. We’re delighted to say that for the third consecutive year, the number of people coming to see our operas has grown significantly, and we’re very grateful for your continuing support.
We look forward to seeing you again in 2014!
The members of NI Opera’s Young Artists’ Programme, sopranos Jean Wallace and Ioana Pipelea, mezzo-soprano Sarah Richmond, and tenor Richard Shaffrey, will perform alongside Larne Concert Choir in the beautiful surroundings of St. Patrick’s Church in Glenarm, Co. Antrim. The young artists will perform festive arias, songs and extracts from the Messiah accompanied by Donal McCrisken, and will also join the choir for two pieces.
Date: Saturday 14th December
Venue: St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland, Coast Road, Glenarm, BT44 0BB
Tickets: Retiring collection on the door
Glenarm hosts NI Opera’s annual Festival of Voice and the 2014 dates are Friday 29th – Sunday 31st August. Singers who are interested in taking part in the vocal competition part of the festival should keep an eye on NI Opera’s website, Facebook and college notice boards and the call for entries will be in early Spring.
Two singers associated with NI Opera have been given bursaries by the Opera Awards Foundation. John Porter, a finalist in the 2011 Festival of Voice, and Rachel Nicholls, who sings Lady Macbeth in NI Opera’s next production in February 2014, were awarded bursaries in recognition of their artistic potential and to help them continue their training. Further information about the awards can be found at http://www.operaawards.org/bursaries.aspx
Many congratulations to John and Rachel!