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Northern Ireland Opera will present 'La Traviata' in the Grand Opera House in Belfast in September - the first opera to be performed in this historic venue since its restoration was completed.

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Meet three more members of our main cast for #LaTraviata, coming to @gohbelfast with the @ulsterorchestra early in September. Bass Graeme Danby will be our Dottore Grenvil, @brendancollinsbaritone our Baron Douphol and tenor Owen Lucas our Gastone de Letorières We're delighted to be working with these three brilliant opera singers on this brand new production, directed by @cameronmenziesdirector . Graeme Danby will be familiar to audiences who came to our 'La Boheme' last September in the Carlisle Memorial Church. He is widely recognised as one of Britain’s finest character basses. He has performed more than 1000 times for ENO, has worked with the Royal Opera House, Opera North, Garsington Festival, Glyndebourne Festival, Buxton Festival, Opera North and Scottish Opera, Teatro Liceu, De Vlaamse Opera, Opéra de Rouen, Salzburger Landestheater; Opera National du Rhin Strasbourg, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Palau Reina Sofia, Valencia and the Teatro Sao Carlos in Lisbon. Irish Baritone Brendan Collins performed across Ireland, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, China and America. Opera engagements include NI Opera, Irish National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Scottish Opera, English Touring Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, and Iford Opera. Highlights include his debuts in the B.B.C. Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in Billy Budd under Sir Andrew Davis, his New York debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music under Sir Mark Elder, and his Chinese debut in concert at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre under Maestro Henry Shek. Owen Lucas is a tenor based in Northern Ireland and a current member of the NI Opera Studio. Originally studying the oboe at RWCMD, Owen has gone on to develop his passion for singing. Owen participated in the Glyndebourne Academy (2019) and has been performing with Northern Ireland Opera through his involvement with the chorus of Die Fledermaus (2019) and La Boheme (2021). He has performed with the Associate Artists of Northern Ireland Opera and sings regularly with St Anne’s Cathedral Choir. Book now via the bio link! @artscouncilni #verdi #whatson #booknow #castannouncement #belfast #northernireland #loveopera #operafans #operasingers
Booking is now open for the concerts and recitals at the 12th Glenarm Festival of Voice taking place from 26-28 August this year in the beautiful coastal village of Glenarm. Visit our website via the bio link to book your tickets for the Glenarm Festival of Voice Competition Finale in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glenarm, our afternoon recital at the @londonderryarmshotel and the three @bbcradio3 recitals in St Patrick's Church, Glenarm. The finalists for the Competition Finale will be announced very soon. The afternoon recital at the Londonderry Arms in Carnlough will feature soprano Ellen Mawhinney @ellennn_maw winner of last year's Festival of Voice. We're delighted to be partnering again with BBC Radio 3 who will present three concerts as part of the 12th Festival of Voice in Glenarm. Pianist @simon_lepper appears alongside 3 internationally-acclaimed singers in rich programmes of song, Alessandro Fisher, Seán Boylan and @sorayamafi. The BBC Radio 3 concerts are free but booking is essential as we cannot guarantee entry on the door. Find out more and book via the bio link! . . . .. @artscouncilni @meaboroughcouncil #glenarm #glenarmfestivalofvoice #bbcradio3 #operasingers #operafestival #northcoast #northernireland #summerfestival #summerevents #bookahead #booktickets #recitals #freerecitals #bbcradio3recitals #liverecording #operalife #operasingersofinstagram #operafans #loveopera #operavoices #emergingartists #irishsingers #northernirishsingers #operaperformance #operaconcert #afternoonrecitals #AlessandroFisher #SorayaMafi #SeánBoylan
Meet mezzo-soprano Margaret Bridge @mezzo_margaret and soprano Ellen Mawhinney @ellennn_maw who will be our Flora and our Annina in this September's new production of #LaTraviata at @gohbelfast. Both Margaret and Ellen are past winners of our Glenarm Festival of Voice and Margaret is an alumna of our development programme, the NI Opera Studio. We can't wait to start rehearsals with them and the rest of the cast in a few weeks time. We're looking forward to working with the @ulsterorchestra again too for the first time since before the pandemic. Irish mezzo-soprano Margaret Bridge has appeared with numerous opera choruses and ensembles across Ireland, the UK and North America, including the Monteverdi Choir, Glyndebourne, Wexford Festival Opera, Chamber Choir Ireland, Chautauqua Opera, the Handel and Haydn Society, and Irish National Opera. As a soloist, she has performed with Opera Memphis, Northern Ireland Opera, Opera Collective Ireland, Sestina, Belfast Cathedral Choir, the Ulster orchestra and the RTE concert orchestra. Originally from Northern Ireland, Ellen Mawhinney is a soprano who has most recently won Northern Ireland Opera’s Young Opera Voice of the Year award after winning the Deborah Voigt Prize at Northern Ireland Opera’s Festival of Voice. She has received the Irish Heritage Bursary Award after winning the competition at the Wigmore Hall, winner of the Inaugural Charles Wood Song Competition and Blackwater Valley Opera Festival’s most recent bursary award winner. Most recently she has been a featured artist live on BBC Radio 3: In Tune and has recorded with BBCNI as their spotlight recitalist for Classical Connections. She is also hoping to move to London this September as she has been awarded a place at the Royal Academy Opera Studio. Tickets are on sale now for 'La Traviata' via the bio link. @artscouncilni @ulsterorchestra #verdi #opera #latraviata #belfast #irishmezzo #northernirishsoprano #northernireland #operalife #operasingers #soprano #mezzo #flora #annina #debut #emergingtalent #booknow #septemberevents #whatson #emergingoperasinger #operafans #operalife #loveopera #operasingersofinstagram