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NI Opera Studio: New Members for 2019/20

We are delighted to announce that the members of the NI Opera Studio for 2019/2020 will be:

David Corr (baritone) from County Dublin, Zoë Jackson (soprano) from County Antrim, Ana-Maria Acunune (soprano) from County Dublin, David Lee (counter-tenor) from County Antrim

Beginning the programme in October, the 2019/2020 cohort will appear in several Studio touring productions and recitals, take part in masterclasses and receive vocal coaching from high-profile opera professionals. They will benefit from language and movement coaching and participate in the company’s varied outreach activities. Studio members also have the chance to perform in the company’s main-stage productions and will receive professional career guidance throughout the programme.  You can follow their activities thorough the year on Twitter @NIOpera_Studio.

For biographies and more details of the development programme, visit

Our NI Opera Studio programme for 2019/20 will include these productions, with more to be announced during the course of the year:

Victor Herbert

The Enchantress  An American operetta

Performance dates 6 – 8 December

Jean-Philippe Rameau 

Nélée et Myrthis A French baroque opera miniature

Performance dates 5 – 8 March


Rebecca Murphy, a former member NI Opera Studio describes her experience of being part of the programme over the last year:

“The NI Opera Studio allowed me to establish myself in my home country, to make new and important contacts, and has enhanced me as a performer. This year, I had the opportunity to explore several unconventional roles as well as being involved in productions which involved straight acting. These experiences certainly enabled me to become a more ‘rounded’ performer, adding to the list of more conventional roles I had studied at Music College.  In addition, I have had the opportunity to attend coaching sessions with Walter Sutcliffe, Kathryn Harries, and participate in a masterclass with Stefan Vinke, all of which gave me new and exciting angles with which to approach my singing.  The NI Opera Studio has helped me to bridge the gap between graduating from Music College and entering the singing profession, providing me with the stage time I needed to feel confident about forthcoming auditions.”