Rachael in Shanghai opera

Derry singer Rachel Xu, who will be performing in NI Opera's production of Benjamin Britten's children's opera Noye's Fludde in Shanghai on July 20, thanks to funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 'Picture by Brian Morrison.

Derry singer Rachel Xu, who will be performing in NI Opera's production of Benjamin Britten's children's opera Noye's Fludde in Shanghai on July 20, thanks to funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 'Picture by Brian Morrison.

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Talented Derry schoolgirl, Rachael Xu, travels to Shanghai next week for a performance in Noye’s Fludde, Benjamin Britten’s children’s opera, co-produced by NI Opera and the KT Wong Foundation.

Following a critically-acclaimed run of eight shows in Belfast last year as part of the London 2012 Festival, this much-loved opera will be staged this summer in China with Rachael’s performance taking place on July 20, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The Shanghai performance will shine a light on NI Opera as Northern Ireland’s foremost opera company, as well as their involvement as the original producer of this oper,a described by The Sunday Times as ‘an enchanting show’.

Rachael (12), said: “I’m very excited to travel to Shanghai to perform once again in Noye’s Fludde. This is a fantastic opportunity for me, and I feel honoured to be representing Northern Ireland internationally.” NI Opera’s Artistic Director, Oliver Mears said: “Noye’s Fludde was a huge hit with families in Belfast and Beijing last year and we’re delighted to have been asked to perform in Shanghai this summer. I’m particularly pleased that Rachael has been given the opportunity to perform in China; it’s an experience I’m sure she’ll never forget”.

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