NI Opera

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.

Outreach Training Day with Lucia Vernon-Long – Tues 12th May, 12.30pm – 5.30pm

As part of NI Opera’s Young Artists’ Programme, we are holding an outreach training day with NI Opera’s Outreach Facilitator Lucia Vernon-Long and it is open to singers and musicians who are interested in delivering outreach workshops. If you would like to attend, please email Clíona Donnelly at by Friday 8th May or call the office on 028 9027 7734 for more details

Date: Tuesday 12th May
Time: 12.30pm – 5.30pm (break from 2.30pm-3.30pm)
Venue: Belfast Central Mission, Glengall Street, Belfast (two doors down from the Grand Opera House stage door)

The Belfast Opera – A New Community Project with Belfast Buildings Trust

Belfast Buildings Trust wants you to be involved in telling Belfast’s Story. Along with NI Opera and a range of community partners, the Trust are asking Belfast’s people to get involved in an exciting new arts project to tell the story of the city (and all will be revealed in a few weeks’ time).

“Belfast’s Story is about you and your city. Our first step is to gather your memories of Belfast’s glories and your hopes for its future. Between April and June we’ll host a series of workshops across the city. These will explore what Belfast’s story is and what its people want it to be. We’ve been inspired by the city’s ambitious industrial and maritime past. But we want your inspiration, memories and hopes to make that relevant for today. We want you to tell the world what Belfast means in 2015.

You are welcome to attend as many of the workshops as you like. Old photographs, newspapers, yearbooks, diaries etc. are very welcome as inspiration for the workshops and stories. Tea and coffee facilities will be available.” (Shane Quinn, Development Manager, Belfast Buildings Trust)

The workshops will take place on the following dates and times in four venues across Belfast:

Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts, Duncairn Gardens
Tues 5th May, 2pm-4pm
Thur 21st May, 10am-12pm
Sat 23rd May, 2pm-4pm
Wed 3rd June, 7pm – 9pm

East Belfast Network Centre, Templemore Avenue
Mon 11th May, 10am-12pm
Wed 13th May, 2pm-4pm
Thur 14th May, 7pm-9pm
Sat 30th May, 2pm-4pm

Conway Mill, Conway Street
Thur 30th April, 2pm-4pm
Sat 9th May, 2pm-4pm
Wed 13th May, 10am-12pm
Tue 19th May, 7pm-9pm

Morton Community Centre, Lorne Street
Wed 29th April, 10am-12pm
Sat 16th May, 2pm-4pm
Wed 27th May, 2pm-4pm
Thurs 4th June, 7pm-9pm

For further information or to register, visit


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