Top singers to feature at 8th Festival of Opera

Published 04/09/2013 | 05:22

The 8th Festival of Opera featuring Ireland's top young opera singing talents will be staged in the Orangery at Killruddery House in Bray for two separate Sunday afternoons this September 15 and 22.

Once again, the event brings together some of Ireland's established singers alongside the best of the emerging opera singers. This gives the young singers the perfect platform on which to show and develop their talents. This year's line-up stars Lynda Lee, soprano, alongside Rachel Croash, soprano, Gemma Ni Bhriain, mezzo soprano, Patrick Hyland, tenor and Ben Russell, baritone. They will perform with accomplished pianist Dearbhla Collins on the first weekend of this unique opera musical event. Patrons of the Competition will recall that Gemma was a prizewinner last January as was Ben in the 2010 Competition.

On the second Sunday of Songs for September, past and present music students will perform arias and duets and also scenes from popular operas, directed by Jennifer Hamilton. Singers will include young emerging talents expected to adorn the world opera stage in the future; Shauna Buckingham, Sarah Shine, Donna Malone and Catherine O'Carroll, sopranos and Rory Musgrave and Gyula Nagy, baritones, with piano accompaniment from another of Ireland's top pianists, Mairead Hurley. Supporters of this event rejoice in the development of these young voices demonstrated by their successive performances in Killruddery and the Competition.

Autumn Festival of Opera runs at the Orangery, Killruddery House and Gardens from 3pm - 6pm Sundays September 15 and 22 with a superb line up of Ireland's best classical singing talents - For further Information and bookings go to www.vdiscompetition.com or call (01) 4150445.

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