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Festival of Voice 2019 – Applications Now Open

Northern Ireland Opera are now accepting applications for the Vocal Competition and Peter Rankin Pianist Internship at this year’s Festival of Voice, taking place in Glenarm, County Antrim from Thursday 29th August to Sunday 1st September 2019.

The closing date for all applications is 6 p.m. on Monday 27th May 2019, and the finalists and pianist will be announced in June. For more details, email Dafydd Hall Williams on info@niopera.com or please call the Northern Ireland Opera office on 028 9027 7734.

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Vocal Competition

Five finalists will have the opportunity to work on their repertoire with opera professionals from Thursday 29th August and attend all festival events before competing in the Gala Final on Sunday 1st September for the Deborah Voigt Opera Prize before a distinguished jury.

The festival’s vocal competition is open to singers aged 18-28 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.

Singers are required to submit 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 and CDs or MP3 files should be accompanied by a short CV and sent by email to Dafydd Hall Williams at info@niopera.com, or by post to:

Dafydd Hall Williams | General Manager (maternity cover) | Northern Ireland Opera | Grand Opera House | Great Victoria Street | Belfast | BT2 7HR

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Peter Rankin Pianist Internship

The pianist will have the opportunity to work with opera professionals, play for coaching sessions, and attend all festival events.

Northern Ireland Opera welcomes applications from pianists aged 18-28 born in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, and entrants are required to be studying music at 3rd level or privately and pursuing a career in music. Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter, stating how the opportunity would be valuable to them, to Dafydd Hall Williams at the details above.