The Northern Ireland Opera Studio programme supports five emerging opera singers and prepares them for their future operatic careers. It focuses on offering the singers regular and meaningful performance opportunities, coupled with the support of a professional opera company at a formative stage in their careers.
As well as a performance programme that includes studio productions, recitals, concerts and open masterclasses with leading international artists, the studio members play an active role in Northern Ireland Opera’s outreach work, acting as ambassadors for the company.
During the course of their year with the Studio, the five singers will nurture a long term-professional relationship with Northern Ireland Opera, a relationship which will continue long after their completion of their year on the programme.
The members of the Northern Ireland Opera Studio for 2017/18 are: soprano Maria Hughes from County Wexford, soprano Lauren Scully from Dublin, mezzo-soprano Dawn Burns from Belfast, bass-baritone Cormac Lawlor from County Kerry, and bass-baritone Kevin Neville from County Limerick.
The Northern Ireland Opera Studio 2017-18 is generously supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.