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Announcing the international prizes for this year’s Festival of Voice competition

Northern Ireland Opera is delighted to announce that this year’s Festival of Voice will offer some very special prizes.

Both the Young Opera Voice prize-winner, and the winner of the Audience Prize will receive a scholarship to the Canto Al Serchio 2019 in Barga, Italy founded by the international Verdi Baritone and Northern Ireland born Baritone Bruno Caproni ,and pianist Julian Evans. Speaking from Italy, Mr Caproni , who has starred in several of the Northern Ireland Opera productions said:


“Opera and classical singing is a great tradition and great singing is rooted in that tradition. Great voices must be individual and learn how to master the traditions of the past. These are principles, alas often lost, on which Canto al Serchio is founded, and we much look forward to welcoming the Festival of Voice winners to Barga.”


In a further development, the Young Opera Voice prize is to be re-named the Deborah Voigt Opera prize, as the world-renowned soprano has graciously agreed that this prize be given in her name.


Artistic Director of Northern Ireland Opera Walter Sutcliffe commented ” The Company is thrilled that artists of the calibre of Bruno Caproni and Deborah Voigt have lent their support to the Festival of Voice. Bruno Caproni is a superlative singer who is intent on sharing his artistry and skill with the next generation , whilst Deborah Voigt is one of the outstanding voices of recent times|. We simply could not be more honoured”


The company once again returns to the historic coastal village of Glenarm in County Antrim for the eighth annual Festival of Voice, in partnership with BBC Radio 3. The festival is running from Friday 31st August to Sunday 2nd September 2018. The festival features a number of public recitals and events and culminates in a voval competition hosted by Northern Ireland Patron and BBC Radio 3 presenter Sean Rafferty.


The Festival of Voice is generously supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Mid and East Antrim Council, the Esmé Mitchell Trust, the Garfield Weston Trust, the Londonderry Arms Hotel and Glenarm Castle. Visit for more information.