Friday 15 January 2021

Northern Ireland Opera re-launches its Opera Studio, widening the range of those supported and trained

Rossini: Hidden Extras (La Cambiale di Matrimonio) - Northern Ireland Opera Studio 2018
Rossini: Hidden Extras (La Cambiale di Matrimonio) - Northern Ireland Opera Studio 2018

Northern Ireland Opera set up its Young Artist Programme in 2011 and thirty-nine emerging opera singers from across the island of Ireland have benefited from vocal coaching, mentoring and performance opportunities from Northern Ireland Opera. Now, in a gesture of immense support for young artists, the scheme is being re-launched in March 2021 as Northern Ireland Opera Studio, and alongside the existing year-long programme of development opportunities for emerging opera singers, there will be new paid opportunities available for conductors, repetiteurs, directors, stage and costume designers, stage managers, choreographers and stage technicians.

Applicants need to be domiciled on the island of Ireland now and aged between 21 and 35 when the programme begins in April 2021.  Applications are invited by 29th January and successful applicants will be invited to auditions and/or interviews towards the end of February, public health restrictions allowing.

Northern Ireland Opera’s Artistic Director Cameron Menzies, said "Northern Ireland Opera understands that it takes an extremely diverse array of highly skilled artists across many specific disciplines to create an opera. To acknowledge this, we believe the NI Opera Studio should also reflect this in relation to the breadth of its training. We look forward to opening our doors and seeing what amazing talent comes our way."

Further information from the Northern Ireland Opera website.

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