Following a record entry, Northern Ireland Opera is pleased to announce the six finalists for the 11th Glenarm Festival of Voice Competition Finale.  

The finalists will have the opportunity to work with prestigious vocal coaches across the weekend in the build-up to our annual Competition Finale which will take place on 29th August 2021 and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘Classical Connections’ with John Toal.  During the live competition, the six finalists will compete for the Deborah Voigt Opera Prize and the Audience Prize in a series of live performances including solos, ensembles and Irish song in front of an audience and our judging panel of opera experts, hosted by our Patron, Sean Rafferty.

This year’s finalists are Caroline Behan (soprano), Amy Conneely (mezzo-soprano), Cerys MacAllister (soprano), Matthew Mannion (bass- baritone) Ellen Mawhinney (soprano), and Katie Richardson McCrea (mezzo-soprano). 

Each Festival we also select a Peter Rankin Piano Intern who will work with the singers during the festival and perform with them in the Irish Song section of the Competition Finale.  We are delighted to announce that this year’s Peter Rankin Piano Intern is Brendan Kennedy who recently graduated from RIAM with first class honours.

The Glenarm Festival of Voice is generously supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Mid and East Antrim Council, the Esmé Mitchell Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation. 

More details about all the finalists can be found via this link: https://www.niopera.com/our-work/festival-of-voice