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26 - 28 August 2022

12th Glenarm Festival of Voice

12th Glenarm Festival of Voice

Join Northern Ireland Opera and BBC Radio 3 in the beautiful coastal village of Glenarm this August for our annual celebration of song: The Glenarm Festival of Voice.

Now in its twelfth year, this much-loved event brings together BBC Radio 3 recitals, outreach events, performances by our Artist Development Programme and culminates in the Competition Finale where five singers from across the island of Ireland compete in front of a live jury panel to win the Deborah Voigt Opera Prize and become the NI Opera Voice of 2022.

The Vocal Competition is now open for applications (deadline 20th May 2022) – if you are between the ages of 18-28, born on the island of Ireland and either a singer pursuing career in opera or as a professional pianist, find out how to apply here.

The Competition Finale will take place live at 6.30pm on 28th August in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glenarm.


This year’s BBC Radio 3 Recitals will be performed by soprano Soraya Mafi, tenor Alessandro Fisher and baritone Seán Boylan, with pianist Simon Lepper.  We are delighted to be welcoming these artists to Glenarm this August, where they will perform recitals which will be recorded live and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in October. The theme this year is ‘Celebration’ which is appropriate as we return to Glenarm after two years away.

Seán Boylan was the winner of the 4th Glenarm Festival of Voice vocal competition back in 2014 so it’s fantastic to see him back this year as a BBC Radio 3 Recitalist. Click on the headshots of the artists at the bottom of the page to find out more about each of them.

For the first time since 2019, live audiences will be able to attend these BBC Radio 3 recitals – we will be releasing free tickets soon and will announce this on social media and via our newsletter (scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up). These events are always very popular so we advise booking promptly to avoid disappointment.

  • Alessandro Fisher, tenor: Friday 26th August 7.30pm, St Patrick’s Church, Glenarm
  • Seán Boylan, baritone: Saturday 27th August 7.30pm, St Patrick’s Church, Glenarm
  • Soraya Mafi, soprano: Sunday 28th August 3pm, St Patrick’s Church, Glenarm

More event details coming soon.

For more information about previous Festivals of Voice click here.


BBC Radio 3 Recitalist
Alessandro Fisher

BBC Radio 3 Recitalist
Seán Boylan

BBC Radio 3 Recitalist
Soraya Mafi

BBC Radio 3 Pianist
Simon Lepper

Creative Team

BBC Radio 3 Recital Programmer
Simon Lepper