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The Festival of Voice 2020: Competition Finalists

Congratulations to our five finalists for The Festival of Voice 2020 which this year we will hold in Belfast due to the current COVID 19 restrictions.

This year’s finalists are David Corr (baritone) from Dublin; David Howes (bass-baritone) from County Clare; Andrew Irwin (tenor) from County Fermanagh; Sarah Luttrell (mezzo soprano) from County Laois and Jade Phoenix (soprano) from County Wicklow.

These five singers will have the opportunity to work with prestigious vocal coaches in the build-up to the Competition Finale on Sunday 30th August, where they will sing arias, duets and Irish songs in front of a panel of opera experts, hosted by our Patron, Sean Rafferty and compete for the Deborah Voigt Opera Prize to become the Northern Ireland Opera Voice of 2020. 

The Competition Finale will be filmed and broadcast via our YouTube channel: information will be provided for this online event nearer the Festival date along with details on how we will announce the winner of the Deborah Voigt Opera Prize and judge the Audience Prize.

The Festival of Voice takes place annually in partnership with BBC Radio 3, usually in the beautiful coastal village of Glenarm.  This year’s recitals will feature Ailish Tynan (soprano), Anna Huntley (mezzo soprano), James Newby (baritone) and Simon Lepper (piano) and will be recorded in Belfast. As in previous years, these performances will then be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 later in the year.

2020’s theme for the Festival of Voice is Myths and Legends and while we are disappointed that at this stage it does not look as if we will be able to have a live audience, we will be releasing all information about when you will be able to hear the BBC Radio 3 performances and watch the Competition Finale online in the next few weeks.

For more information about the Festival, click here.