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. You can find out more about this new element to the NI Opera Studio here.
The opera singers who will join the 2021/22 Studio programme are soprano Jade Phoenix, mezzo-soprano Erin Kennedy, tenor Owen Lucas and bass Fionn Ó hAlmhain. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to read their biographies.
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 at the bottom of the page and read the press release about this expansion of the Studio into creative and technical disciplines here.
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.
We are excited to see how the NI Opera Studio develops with the addition this year for the first time of the Creative and Technical Cadre – follow us on social media or sign up to our newsletter to make sure you are the first to hear about their new projects.
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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.