We were delighted to receive applications from over eighty singers wishing to audition for our forthcoming production of Monteverdi’s THE RETURN OF ULYSSES. OCI will be joined by the world-renowned AKADEMIE FÜR ALTE MUSIK BERLIN for the production which will be conducted by Christian Curnyn and directed by Patrick Mason. Auditions for this collaboration with the Kilkenny Arts Festival took place in Dublin, Cork, Berlin & London. Details of the cast will be announced soon.
IN THE NEWS…
Opera Collective Ireland continues to provide professional platform for some of Ireland’s finest young singers who are making their mark on the international scene…
Benjamin Russell (title role – OWEN WINGRAVE) has made a critically acclaimed debut as Wolfram in Wagner’s TANNHÄUSER at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden where he is currently on contract.
MOZART & MORE… Anna Devin (Poppea – AGRIPPINA) recently appeared in LUCIO SILLA at Madrid’s Teatro Real while Rachel Kelly (Nerone – AGRIPPINA) returned to the Maggio Musical in Florence as Idamante (IDOMENEO) in Florence before going on to Glyndebourne as Annio (LA CLEMENZA DI TITO) and touring as Dorabella with Glyndebourne Touring Opera.
Having recently scored a major success as Adina in the Royal Opera’s production of Donizetti’s L’ELISIR D’AMORE Jennifer Davis (Female Chorus – THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA) will sing Donna Anna in a new production of DON GIOVANNI for Opera North followed by house debuts at the San Francisco Opera and English National Opera.
Máire Flavin (title role – AGRIPPINA) & Sharon Carty (Ottone – AGRIPPINA) are touring internationally in Wide Open Opera’s critically acclaimed production of Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh’s new opera THE SECOND VIOLINIST.
In addition to performances with the young artist programme of Les Arts Florissants – Le Jardin de Voix 2017 – Padraic Rowan (Lesbo – AGRIPPINA) will return to the opera in Stuttgart to appear in productions of Tchaikowsky’s THE QUEEN OF SPADES and Britten’s DEATH IN VENICE and in Rossini’s LA CENERENTOLA at the opera in Coburg.
We wish Gyula Nagy (Tarquinius – The RAPE OF LUCRETIA) all the best for his second year as a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera Covent Garden where his current repertoire includes roles by Puccini, Wagner & Bizet.
Killian Farrell (assistant conductor for THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA) has completed the course at London’s National Opera Studio and has joined the music staff of the opera in Bremen.