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Northern Ireland Opera Studio 2019/20: Applications now open.

The Northern Ireland Opera Studio is a comprehensive performance and training programme designed to nurture aspiring talent and showcase up-and-coming singers from across Ireland.

The NI Opera Studio is at the heart of the company’s mission to develop emerging operatic talent. For twelve months, up to six promising singers based on the island of Ireland become affiliated artists of the company and are given the opportunity to hone their skills while receiving professional support at a transitional stage in their careers. At the centre of the programme are its studio-scale productions of diverse operatic repertoire. This approach recognises the invaluable contribution of stage experience and collaborative work with creative teams to a singer’s professional career trajectory. The participants also take part in a rigorous, high-quality training scheme including coaching by some of the best vocal tutors in Europe; masterclasses led by opera singers of international stature; stage craft workshops with the NI Opera Artistic Director; language coaching; audition training; resilience training and career advice. Crucially, the Studio also contributes to NI Opera’s outreach activities. Members are not only involved in creating and leading interactive workshops with children, but also perform newly devised or commissioned pieces for young audiences.

Northern Ireland Opera is committed to aid its Studio cohorts in forging useful and sustainable professional relationships within the sector. Many past and current members of the Studio programme also continue to play an important role in the company’s artistic output.

NI Opera Studio

Studio Activities
• Regular performances of Studio productions in venues throughout Northern Ireland
• Performances in recitals and at events throughout the year
• Master classes and vocal coaching by some of the industry’s leading professionals
• Language coaching
• Stage craft workshop and audition training
• Resilience training
• Outreach activities
• Opportunity to be involved in NI Opera main-stage productions

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 2019 and domiciled* in Ireland by 20th May 2019. i.e. by the time you apply and for the duration of the programme.
*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 – /*

Application Details
Email a CV and cover letter stating how the Studio would be valuable to you for the attention of Dafydd Hall Williams, General Manager (maternity cover), Northern Ireland Opera, at by 5 p.m. on 20th May 2019. We would welcome applications from Northern Irish candidates.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an audition and short interview in Belfast on Tuesday 4th June 2019; for more details call the Northern Ireland Opera office on 028 9027 773

More information about the NI Opera Studio programme here:

Watch NI Opera Studio 2017/18 member Dawn Burns talk about her experience on the programme.