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NI Opera Chorus

Meet the singers taking part in our Chorus Development Programme


Rachael Heater

Rachael is an American soprano based in Lisburn. Born in Pennsylvania, she grew up in a musical family. Between 2011-2014, Rachael had the privilege…
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Sarah Hoben

Sarah Hoben is a 20-year-old soprano from Newry. She is studying Music and Audio Production at Queen's University, Belfast. Sarah studies singing under the…
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Susie Hunter

Susie has been singing since the age of 8, spending a lot of her early years singing in church choirs. Alongside her career in…
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Alice Johnston

Alice was born in Lisburn and educated in Belfast. Whilst pursuing a full time career in primary teaching after obtaining a B Ed from…
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Erin Kennedy

Erin Kennedy is an inspiring soprano from Newtownabbey, with a BA Honours degree in Music from Ulster University. As part of the Ulster University…
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Niamh Lavery

Niamh is a soprano and graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where she held the Mary D Adams scholarship for…
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Ella Linton

Ella Linton, from Jordanstown, is a French and Spanish student at Queen’s University Belfast. Alongside her language studies, she works as a peripatetic music…
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Maria Meagher

Maria Meagher is 21 years old and a final year Music Performance Student at Queen’s University Belfast. Maria has achieved a Diploma in Classical…
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Carla Murphy

Carla is a classical and musical theatre trained soprano based in Belfast and is trained by Debra Stuart, Ashley Fulton and Alice Johnston. Carla…
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Susan Shepherd

Susan Shepherd is a well-respected and much sought-after singing teacher and versatile Soprano from Carrickfergus. A graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, Susan holds a…
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Melanie Topley

Melanie graduated from Queens University with a BA (Hons) in Music and English and an MA in Opera Studies before completing her PGCE in…
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Marcella Walsh

Award winning Belfast Soprano Marcella Walsh graduated from QUB with a BMus. and RIAM with PGDipMus. followed by MMus. in Operatic Performance, under the…
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Petra Wells

Petra Wells is a soprano based in Belfast. She trained originally under Robert Alderson whilst studying Law at the University of Manchester and continues…
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Mezzo Soprano

Jenny Bourke

Jenny is a music graduate of Queen’s University Belfast and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her operatic roles include Lucy Lockett The Beggar’s Opera,…
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Naomi Cantley

Naomi is a Belfast-based mezzo-soprano. She has sung with the Northern Ireland Opera chorus, Spark Opera, Capella Caeciliana, the Belfast Philharmonic Choir and the…
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India Chapman Webb

After graduating with honours in singing performance from the Conservatoire of Music, Paris, in 2009, India went to Rome to do her Masters in…
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Cicely Hé

Cicely Hé, mezzo-soprano from China, graduated from the renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Susan Waters and Valentin Lanzrein. She garnered First…
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Fiona McIlroy

Fiona graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in music and is currently a singing teacher of musical theatre and…
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Caroline Woods

Caroline Woods is a soprano based in Belfast. She studied Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she studied Voice as her first…
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Charlie Clarke-Hughes

Charlie Clarke-Hughes is a British tenor based in the North Coast of Northern Ireland. Performing nationally and internationally, he's held the position of lay…
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Desmond Havlin

Desmond Havlin is a tenor from Bangor, County Down and is based in Belfast. He studies singing with operatic bass Graeme Danby and has…
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Stephen Rusk

Northern Irish tenor Stephen Rusk has been singing since he was a boy and formally trained as a pianist and organist, studying at Queen’s…
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Gabriel Seawright

Gabriel Seawright is a Tenor from Bangor, Northern Ireland, who studied with Peter Wilson as the Baroness De Turckheim Scholar at the Royal Northern…
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Fergal White

Fergal is a classically trained tenor from South Down who recently completed a Diploma in Musical Theatre from London College of Music. He has…
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Seamus Brady

Seamus Brady is a Baritone from Newry, Co. Down & is a MMus student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Seamus is an alumnus…
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James Cooper

James is a Northern Irish Bass based in Belfast and performing across the UK who first joined the NI Opera Chorus for their 2018…
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Ryan Garnham

A bass/baritone from Ballynahinch, Northern Ireland, Ryan graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with First Class Honours in Music in 2019, winning a Flax Trust…
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Matthew Jeffrey

Matthew trained with the Lyric Theatre’s Drama Studio whilst studying at Queen’s University Belfast. He performs with choirs and ensembles including St George’s Choir,…
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Paul McQuillan

Northern Irish Baritone, Paul studied singing with the late Frank Capper and Russell Smythe. He has performed in the chorus for Northern Ireland Opera…
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'Chorus!' Come and hear the NI Opera Chorus perform a concert of opera choruses in The Ulster Hall on 18 May at 7.30pm