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Sunday 21 September 2014

Youth opera reaches for the new voices of Ireland

Published 13/05/2014 | 02:30

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Curtain up: (from left) Ross Scanlan, Rory Musgrave, Christopher Cull and Gyula Nagy \[Raymond Hughes\]the opera Sasko Lazarov/Photocall

FOUNDERS of the Irish Youth Opera, Colette McGahon and Paul McNamara, are on a mission to showcase Ireland's best and brightest young baritones, sopranos and contraltos.

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The IYO is a platform designed to promote the next generation of Irish opera superstars.

By staging concerts around Ireland the IYO hopes singers can demonstrate their vocal ability on a national stage before embarking on international careers.

"People have lost track of the tradition of opera in Ireland," Mr McNamara told the Irish Independent.

"The general public equate the lack of a national opera company and the lack of an opera house in Dublin with a lack of tradition and that is an awful pity.

"The truth is we have an extremely rich operatic culture and an abundance of singers performing at some of the biggest opera festivals in the world such as the Glyndebourne in England."

The IYO believes it's time the Irish public began to listen to and appreciate the tone and timbre of these future opera stars.

This year, the IYO is teaming up with the Wexford Opera Festival to present Benjamin Britten's 'The Rape of Lucretia' in September.

"We wanted to steer clear of well-known operas like 'Carmen' so the public would listen to the voices," Ms McGahon said.

Irish Independent

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