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As part of this year’s Festival of Voice, we are delighted to be able to offer a wonderful opportunity for singers from Northern Ireland to work with distinguished soprano and vocal coach, Kathryn Harries.

Kathryn regularly coaches members of the Northern Ireland Opera Studio and will be in Belfast in her capacity as a vocal coach and judge for the Festival of Voice which is an annual event usually held in Glenarm.

We are offering six singers the opportunity to receive a 45 minute coaching session from Kathryn on either 25th/26th August in Belfast.  You need to be available on both dates, domiciled on the island of Ireland, studying voice at third level or pursuing a career in opera to be eligible.

To apply for one of these places, please send a C.V. to Clíona Donnelly at, along with a cover note stating how this opportunity would be of benefit, by Friday 14th August.

Kathryn Harries

After studying for five years at the Royal Academy of Music and London University, in 1974 Kathryn Harries embarked upon a successful solo career as a recitalist and concert artist. She made her operatic debut in 1983 at Welsh National Opera as a Flower Maiden in ‘Parsifal’ and as Leonore (Fidelio). Her repertoire comprises more than sixty roles. She has performed at all the leading British opera venues including the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, the Edinburgh Festival and Glyndebourne Festival as well as at major houses in the USA (Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera and Los Angeles) and in Europe (the Palais Garnier, Chatelet and Bastille, Paris; Lyons; St Etienne; Orange; Hamburg; Stuttgart; Berlin; Amsterdam; Genoa; Rome; Bilbao; Oviedo; Liège; Salzburg; Bochum.) Kathryn was Director of the National Opera Studio between 2009-2017. She was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2019 and has an international reputation as a voice teacher and coach. She is vocal consultant for NI Opera in Northern Ireland and  regularly gives master classes in the UK and abroad.