Northern Ireland Opera leads the way in developing the next generation of operatic talent in NI

23rd February 2024

Northern Ireland Opera and the Grand Opera House present The Juniper Tree. Photo credit Neil Harrison Photography and Northern Ireland Opera.

“We are very proud to be able to present works like ‘The Juniper Tree’ to our audiences and it is another way in which we are developing our NI talent. Most of the cast of this production have been taking part in the NI Chorus Development Programme over the last two years. This production of ‘The Juniper Tree’ is a way of us extending this training programme for these individuals by producing a show that allows them to develop and hone skills as a solo artist as different to that of a chorus singer. While this piece is a challenge for them it is also a great way for us to give our local opera singers and practitioners opportunity to get paid training experience and public performance outcomes without the immense pressure of the work that we do on the main stages.”

Cameron Menzies, Artistic Director of NI Opera