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The Associate Artists

The Associate Artists are opera singers mostly based in Northern Ireland. Formed during the pandemic to bring music safely into the community, they are now a permanent part of our development programme.

Find out about some of their recent and upcoming projects.


Anna Gregg

A recent winner of the Plunket-Greene Cup, Feis Ceoil, Anna is a soprano, with a BMus(Hons) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama,…
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Helene Hutchinson-Murray

Soprano Helene Hutchinson-Murray was born in Dungannon, Co.Tyrone. Helene began her vocal studies as a young student with Daniel Mcnulty & later went on…
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Ioana Constantin Pipelea

Soprano Ioana Constantin Pipelea is the winner of the Gerard Arnhold Award 2017 (Wexford Festival Opera), winner of the Gaiety Theatre Bursary (RIAM), 2nd…
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Gemma Prince

Gemma Prince is a soprano from Dungannon, Co Tyrone and graduated with a Masters Degree in Vocal and Opera Studies from the Royal Northern…
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Bríd Ní Ghruagáin

A Dublin-based mezzo, Bríd recently appeared as Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival. Opera roles include Witch/Mother in Hänsel…
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Rebecca Rodgers

Rebecca honed her craft at The RIAM and later was awarded a Masters from Trinity College Dublin in Music Performance . Northern Ireland Opera…
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Daryl Simpson

Daryl Simpson B.E.M., from Omagh, honed his music skills at Queen’s University (BMus), Royal Irish Academy of Music (DipMus), and Royal Scottish Academy of…
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Ryan Garnham

After graduating from Queen’s University Belfast with First Class Honours in Music, Ryan completed a PGCE Music from University of Ulster in July 2020.…
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Reviews and Feedback

'I just wanted to say how thoroughly I enjoyed watching Inspire’s Christmas Carol Concert and thank you for all your effort in putting it together' Patricia, The Junction Day Centre, Inspire

Christmas Concert for ‘Inspire’

Opera in the Park at Castle Gardens was a fantastic event. Weather was perfect and so well organised. Hoping to see more events like this in the future. Great work everyone involved in bringing this event to Lisburn!

Opera in the Park

“This is fantastic!! So well put together and certainly adds some welcomed Christmas cheer! Well done to everyone involved!!” Resident at The Heathers Supported Living Service

Christmas Concert for Inspire

This was an incredibly moving event. The anthem is a wonderful example of music telling the stories of those who previously felt unheard. Well done to everyone involved. Victim Support NI

White Ribbon Anthem

As an Associate Artist with NI Opera I took advantage of a fantastic opportunity to explore the next step in my professional music career. The company facilitated platform recordings to assist my application to study at Masters level. I am indebted to NI Opera not only for this, but for their support and professional development offered to me during the Covid pandemic. Ryan Garnham

Associate Artist 2020-21


  • 2021 - 2022
  • Anna Gregg
  • Gemma Prince
  • Helene Hutchinson-Murray
  • Ioana Pipilea
  • Rebecca Rodgers
  • Bríd Ní Ghruagáin
  • Daryl Simpson
  • Rory Dunne
  • Ryan Garnham
  • 2020-2021
  • Catherine Donnelly
  • Mary McCabe
  • Gemma Prince
  • Helene Murray
  • Sarah Richmond
  • Helenna Howie
  • Dawn Burns
  • Conor Breen
  • Owen Lucas
  • Ryan Garnham
  • Adam Reaney