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Inside Opera: Live, Saturday 2-6pm on YouTube

Just 2 days to go until Inside Opera: Live – a unique collaboration between 7 of the UK’s opera companies designed to showcase the very best of opera in the UK. Inside Opera will take the form of a live YouTube broadcast featuring interviews and discussions with the people behind the UK’s opera companies (including our very own Oliver Mears), plus ‘behind the scenes’ films, and the live composition of an opera aria based on viewers’ suggestions. The show will be streamed from the Grand Theatre in Leeds, but will also include live link-ups with venues throughout the UK, including an interview with three of our Young Artists who will be preparing for a concert in Armagh to mark the Giro d’Italia. So join us for Inside Opera: Live, on Saturday from 2-6pm on

Young Artists’ Programme Open for Applications

NI Opera 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, 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 the Inland Revenue website –

The Young Artists’ Programme will provide the opportunity to:
- Undertake paid understudying/performance roles and assist with NI Opera productions
- Perform in recitals and events
- Take part in NI Opera’s outreach activities
- Be involved with new work and short pieces
- Benefit from coaching, training, career advice and guidance
- Act as an ambassador for NI Opera
- Take sponsored visits to other opera companies and attend shows and events

How can I apply?
Please post or email your CV and a cover letter stating how the programme could 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 Thursday 1st May 2014

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview and/or an audition in Belfast on Thursday 8th May, and for more details call 028 9027 7734 or visit the website –

Festival of Voice Vocal Competition Open for Entries

NI Opera’s Festival of Voice returns to the historic village of Glenarm in Co. Antrim from Thursday 28th – Sunday 31st August 2014. Once again its main feature will be its vocal competition, which is open to singers aged 18-27 born in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. Entrants are required to be studying voice at 3rd level or privately, and be intent on pursuing an operatic career.

Finalists will work through the weekend with Kathryn Harries, Director of the National Opera Studio, Iain Burnside, renowned pianist and broadcaster, and David Gowland, Artistic Director of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House. The competition will take place on the final evening of the weekend before a distinguished jury and hosted by Radio 3’s Sean Rafferty, NI Opera’s Patron.

Entry to the competition is by submission of a CD or MP3 files. Singers are required to present two arias, one Baroque or Classical, and one of their own choice and they should be in two different languages (one of which may be English). A song composed or arranged by an Irish composer of the 20th or 21st century is also required. The closing date for applications is Friday 9th May 2014 at midnight and recordings should be sent using or Dropbox.

CDs or MP3 files should be accompanied by a short CV and sent to Clíona Donnelly, General Manager, NI Opera, Grand Opera House, Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7HR, or call +44(0)28 9027 7734 for more information.

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