NI Opera

Young Artists’ Programme 2015-16 Open for Applications

Northern Ireland Opera’s 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, conductors, 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 your Inland Revenue website – /

The Young Artists’ Programme will provide the opportunity to:

- Perform in recitals and events
- Benefit from coaching, training, career advice and guidance
- Take part in outreach activities
- Undertake paid understudy/performance roles and assist with NI Opera productions
- Be involved with new work and short pieces
- Act as an ambassador for Northern Ireland Opera
- Visit other opera companies and attend shows and events

How can I apply?
Please email a CV and cover letter stating how the programme would 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 Friday 19th June 2015

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an audition and/or an interview in Belfast on Monday 29th June 2015, and for more details visit or call the office on 028 9027 7734

NI Opera’s Festival of Voice Competition 2015

NI Opera’s Festival of Voice returns to the historic village of Glenarm in Co. Antrim from Thursday 27th – Sunday 30th August 2015. The festival’s vocal competition is open to singers aged 18-27 born in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, and entrants are required to be studying voice at 3rd level or privately and pursuing a career in opera.

Five finalists will have the opportunity to work on their repertoire with opera professionals and attend the festival events, and the competition will take place on Sunday 30th August before a distinguished jury hosted by BBC Radio 3’s Sean Rafferty, NI Opera’s Patron.

Singers are required to present two arias, one Baroque or Classical, and one of their own choice which 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 Thursday 28th May 2015 and finalists will be announced in June.

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 For more details, call the NI Opera office on 028 9027 7734.

OperaQuest Finale Day in the Grand Opera House – Monday May 18th

Thank you to everyone involved with the OperaQuest finale event in the Grand Opera House on Monday 18th May – the four primary schools who took part, Harding Memorial, St. Clare’s, Nazareth House and Holy Family, thoroughly enjoyed the experience of performing their mini operas on stage in front of an audience of friends, family and classmates.

The OperaQuest initiative provides workshops about opera and music making to primary schools in Belfast and Derry~Londonderry facilitated by our Outreach Facilitator Lucia Vernon-Long and pianist Donal McCrisken. This season each school received four workshops and also attended The Magic Flute in the Lyric and the Millennium Forum in September 2014. The finale day in the Grand Opera House was a culmination of these workshops and the children had the opportunity to rehearse with members of NI Opera’s Young Artists’ Programme and have backstage tours of the theatre with members of the opera house staff.

Northern Ireland Opera are grateful for the generous support of The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts for the project and look forward to taking part in the project in 2015-16 for the third year.

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