The Festival of Voice 2020 takes place in Belfast: winners announced.
Live opera returned to Belfast in front of a small socially distanced audience last night at The Festival of Voice 2020 in the First Church Belfast. This is the first time live opera has been performed in the city with an audience since before the lockdown.
Five finalists from across the island of Ireland competed for the Deborah Voigt Opera Prize and to become the Northern Ireland Opera Voice of 2020. David Corr, a baritone from Dublin who is a current member of the Northern Ireland Opera Studio won the overall prize and Andrew Irwin, a tenor from County Fermanagh, won the Audience Prize.
The other three finalists were soprano Jade Phoenix, mezzo Sarah Luttrell and bass-baritone David Howes. NI Opera’s Patron, broadcaster Sean Rafferty, presented the awards. A short film about the event with concert highlights will be released on Northern Ireland Opera’s YouTube channel at 8 p.m. on 13th September. For further information about the Festival please follow this link. https://www.niopera.com/events/the-festival-of-voice-2020/.