The NI Opera Studio supports emerging opera singers and prepares them for their future careers. The NI Opera Studio offers its associated members a substantial performance programme, including studio-scale productions, recitals, and opportunities to be involved in main-stage productions. The singers also 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 nurture a long-term professional relationship with Northern Ireland Opera.
The members of the Northern Ireland Opera Studio 2018/19 are:
Margaret Bridge (Wicklow), Francesco Giusti (Dublin), Jessica Hackett (Meath), Kelli-Ann Masterson (Wexford), Elaine McDaid (Derry/Londonderry), Rebecca Murphy (Antrim)
As a Studio Artist at NI Opera, there were regular opportunities to learn and perform a wide variety of repertoire. I covered Dorabella in NI Opera’s main stage production Così fan tutte, which was an excellent chance to study an entire role in its original language. What made this particularly valuable to me was then being able to perform most of the role for an audience in the Studio production The School for Lovers. Our production of Midnight Vanities allowed me to explore a different style of performance, which I believe has contributed to my development on stage. The relaxed, cabaret style of delivery afforded me some freedom as a performer that I feel I might have lacked in the past. The language coaching, vocal lessons and masterclasses I received have all been hugely beneficial to my vocal development and I feel I have increased in confidence as an artist.Former NI Opera Studio member Dawn Burns
The Northern Ireland Opera Studio 2018-19 is generously supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.
See our gallery for previous NI Opera Studio productions