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The Associate Artists are alumni of Northern Ireland Opera and/or the Northern Ireland Opera Studio (previously known as the Young Artists Programme).  They have been brought together by Northern Ireland Opera to bring live music safely to communities during this pandemic.

They have been performing around Northern Ireland since September 2020  and details of forthcoming events will be updated on this page.  Please note, that while many of these events are free, you will usually need to book to comply with public health conditions.  The Associate Artists will also be supporting us in our outreach project with our partner primary and secondary schools across Northern Ireland with whom we will be running a year long programme of music, singing and creativity.

Watch The Rosemary Street Sessions, which took place in October and November 2020 and where The Associate Artists performed and recorded arias, songs and duets in the beautiful setting of First Church Belfast via the following links:

Follow this link to watch Associate Artist, soprano Catherine Donnelly perform ‘Tornami a Vagheggiar’ from ‘Alcina’, an opera by R. Broschi and G. F. Handel.

Watch soprano Mary McCabe perform Richard Strauss’s ‘Allerseelen’ from his setting of ‘Last Pages’ by Hermann von Gilm.

Watch soprano Helene Murray perform Ivor Novello’s ‘We’ll gather lilacs’ from the musical ‘Perchance to Dream’:


Watch soprano Gemma Prince, performing Puccini and Forzano’s ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’ from the comic opera Gianni Schicchi.

Here is NI Opera Associate Artist mezzo-soprano Sarah Richmond performing Franz Schubert’s ‘Die Nebensonnen’ from his song cycle ‘Winterreise’, his setting of poems by Wilhelm Müller.

Watch soprano Catherine Donnelly performing Philip Martin’s arrangement of the WB Yeats poem, ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’.

Watch here from 8pm each Tuesday or over on our YouTube channel via this link.


Since September 2020 the Associate Artists have worked with Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Women’s Aid, Inspire, Mindwise, Carers Trust, Surestart, seven of our partner schools, Ulster Orchestra, Belfast Festival, Imagine Ltd., Connswater Shopping Centre, Spark Opera and The Portico of Ards. See some of the images from these events in the gallery below.

Click here to see some of the Associate Artists performances in their playlist on our YouTube channel.

If you have a community event anywhere in Northern Ireland and you’d like the Associate Artists to perform, please email us at


Catherine Donnelly
Mary McCabe
Gemma Prince
Helene Murray
Sarah Richmond
Helenna Howie
Dawn Burns
Conor Breen
Owen Lucas
Ryan Garnham
Adam Reaney
Creative Producer
Kate Guelke
Musical Director
Keith McAlister
Chris Thompson