The NI Opera Studio supports emerging opera singers and prepares them for their future careers. It offers its members a programme which includes studio-scale productions, recitals, and opportunities to be involved in main-stage productions. The singers benefit from individual coaching, masterclasses with leading international artists, as well as professional mentoring, career guidance, and language coaching. Additionally, the Studio members play an active role in Northern Ireland Opera’s outreach work. During the course of their year with the Studio, the singers will build a long-term professional relationship with Northern Ireland Opera.
Applications for the NI Opera Studio 2020/21 have now reopened, after having been postponed due to COVID 19. The application deadline is now 5 p.m. on 11th September 2020, with auditions (subject to public health circumstances) taking place on September 25th 2020 in Belfast. Full application details here.
The members of the Northern Ireland Opera Studio 2019/20 are:
David Corr (baritone) from County Dublin, Zoë Jackson (soprano) from County Antrim, Ana-Maria Acunune (soprano) from County Dublin, David Lee (counter-tenor) from County Antrim. The first production by the 2019/20 members was The Enchantress by Victor Herbert: details here: https://www.niopera.com/events/the-enchantress/
“The NI Opera Studio allowed me to establish myself in my home country, to make new and important contacts, and has enhanced me as a performer. This year, I had the opportunity to explore several unconventional roles as well as being involved in productions which involved straight acting. These experiences certainly enabled me to become a more ‘rounded’ performer, adding to the list of more conventional roles I had studied at Music College. In addition, I have had the opportunity to attend coaching sessions with Walter Sutcliffe, Kathryn Harries, and participate in a masterclass with Stefan Vinke, all of which gave me new and exciting angles with which to approach my singing. The NI Opera Studio has helped me to bridge the gap between graduating from Music College and entering the singing profession, providing me with the stage time I needed to feel confident about forthcoming auditions.”Former NI Opera Studio member Rebecca Murphy
The Northern Ireland Opera Studio 2019-20 is generously supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.
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