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Northern Ireland Opera Studio 2018/19 Applications

Applications are now open for the Northern Ireland Opera Studio 2018/19. The Northern Ireland Opera Studio is a training programme designed to nurture aspiring talent and showcase up-and-coming performers from across Ireland. 

The programme will give young singers the opportunity to hone their skills, whilst being supported at a transitional stage in their careers. They will work closely with Northern Ireland 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, training and performance opportunities and the chance to be involved with Northern Ireland Opera productions, events and outreach activities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The programme is open to singers who are interested in pursuing a career in opera and would benefit from further educational opportunities
  • Participants must be aged between 21 to 35 when the programme starts in September 2018 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 – /*

Studio Activities

  • Perform regularly in studio productions throughout Northern Ireland
  • 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 Northern Ireland Opera productions
  • Act as an ambassador for Northern Ireland Opera

Application Details

Email a CV and cover letter stating how the Studio would be valuable to you for the attention of Clíona Donnelly, General Manager, Northern Ireland Opera, at – the closing date is Friday 18th May 2018. We would welcome applications from Northern Irish candidates.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an audition and short interview in Belfast on Wednesday 30th May 2018; for more details call the Northern Ireland Opera office on 028 9027 7734.

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