It features public recitals and events, including three concerts in partnership with and broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and culminates in a vocal competition hosted by Northern Ireland Opera Patron and BBC Radio 3 presenter Sean Rafferty.
Singers from applicants across Ireland are chosen after submitting a recording and they spend four days working with top opera and song professionals including former Director of the National Opera Studio, Kathryn Harries, Simon Lepper, and Ingrid Surgenor. Find out about the 2021 finalists further down this page.
You can watch interviews with the 2020 finalists, behind-the-scenes footage and highlights of the competition in our film, hosted by our Patron, Sean Rafferty, in the 2020 finale below.
2021’s BBC Radio 3 recitals will feature Ben McAteer (Baritone), Kathryn Rudge (mezzo soprano) and Louise Alder (soprano), each with Simon Lepper (piano). As in previous years, these performances will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in September/October 2021.
Follow this link to find out what’s on this year at the Festival https://www.niopera.com/events/the-11th-glenarm-festival-of-voice/
The singers and pianists involved with the Glenarm Festival of Voice benefit from a highly focused experience and the opportunity to perform and make contacts with opera professionals. The winner of the competition is awarded the Deborah Voigt Opera Prize, also a monetary prize which is crucial at the stage they are in their careers. There is also a monetary prize for the Audience Prize, decided by the audience’s votes.
The Peter Rankin Piano Internship is offered as part of the festival and each year a young pianist is chosen to work closely with the coaches and play for rehearsals and during the Irish song section of the competition finale. The Peter Rankin Piano Intern for 2021 is Brendan Kennedy.