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NI Opera Chorus

Meet the singers taking part in our Chorus Development Programme


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 mezzo-soprano from Newtownabbey, with a Second Class Upper Division BA in Music from Ulster University. Her final year performance…
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Melanie Topley

Melanie Topley graduated from Queens University, Belfast with a BA (Hons) in Music and English, studying voice with the late Irene Sandford and previously…
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Niamh Lavery

Niamh Lavery, originally from Lurgan in Co Armagh, is a soprano and a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow…
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Petra Wells

Petra Wells is a soprano based in Belfast, performing internationally and across the UK. She trained originally under Robert Alderson whilst studying Law at…
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Rachael Heater

Soprano Rachael Heater was born in Pennsylvania, where she learned to love music from an early age. Throughout her school years, she participated in…
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Susan Shepherd

Award-winning and highly versatile Carrickfergus soprano Susan Shepherd is a well respected and much sought-after singing teacher and performer. A graduate of Queen’s University…
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Mezzo Soprano

Áine Brolly

Áine Brolly began her training with Judith Sheridan at the Ulster College of Music before studying under acclaimed soprano, Suzanne Murphy both at the…
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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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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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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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Sheelagh Greer

Sheelagh Greer is a well established and experienced Mezzo Soprano, but in fact started on her musical career playing piano at a young age.…
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Charlie Clarke-Hughes

Charlie Clarke-Hughes is a British tenor based in Northern Ireland. Performing internationally and across the UK, he has held the position of lay clerk…
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Desmond Havlin

Desmond Havlin is a tenor from Bangor, Northern Ireland and is based in Belfast. Desmond studies singing with operatic bass Graeme Danby. He 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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James Cooper

James is a Northern Irish Bass based in Belfast and performing across the UK. Having joined the NI Opera Chorus for their 2018 and…
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Matthew Jeffrey

Matthew trained at the Lyric Theatre’s Drama Studio programme whilst studying at Queen’s University Belfast. He sits on the Board of Tinderbox Theatre Company…
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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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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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Seamus Brady

Seamus Brady is a 4th Year student completing a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Studies in The Royal Irish Academy on Music, Dublin, studying…
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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