The Northern Ireland Opera Studio is a programme for emerging artists which is a cornerstone of Northern Ireland Opera’s mission to develop talent. This year for the first time Northern Ireland Opera will take in two cadres of talented professionals working on the island of Ireland. Previously limited to opera singers, the Studio will now also provide professional development and paid training opportunities in the creative and technical disciplines which are key to bringing an opera to life on stage.
The opera singers who will join the 2021/22 Studio programme will be announced in July 2021.
The creative and technical members of this year’s Studio programme are Andrea Ferran (Opera and Theatre Director), Zara Jackson (Stage Manager), Bethan McDonnell (Costume Designer), Michael McEvoy (Choreographer) Matthew Quinn (Conductor) and Roisin Whelan (Choreographer). You can find out more about each of them in their biographies below.
Cameron Menzies, Artistic Director of Northern Ireland Opera comments, “Northern Ireland Opera is very proud to offer these brand-new paid training opportunities for creative and technical young artists through our NI Opera Studio programme. Creating these opportunities is a cornerstone in our commitment to developing and maintaining our local artists and the arts sector. These creative and technical practitioners will have the opportunity of working across all of the NI Opera programming, from our main stage work, recital and concert work, our Associate Artists programme, Outreach projects, our film content and they will also have the opportunity to produce work of their own in collaboration with the NI Opera Studio’s opera singers: the new intake will be announced in July. We are very proud to include these six remarkable artists as part of the NI Opera Studio and we look forward to being about the showcase their extraordinary work for you in the next year.”
The Northern Ireland Opera Studio, (previously known as the Young Artists Programme) has been running since 2011 and to date has supported 39 emerging opera singers, helping prepare them for their future careers. It has offered its members a programme which includes studio-scale productions, recitals, and opportunities to be involved in main-stage productions. The singers have benefitted from individual coaching, masterclasses with leading international artists, as well as professional mentoring, career guidance, and language coaching. Additionally, the Studio members have played an active role in Northern Ireland Opera’s outreach work. During the course of their year with the Studio, the singers build a long-term professional relationship with Northern Ireland Opera.
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Click and read a short interview with one of our prestigious vocal coaches about her work with the Studio: Ingrid Surgenor.