NI’s brightest opera stars shine in Derry tonight

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A young Lifford opera singer is among four of the region’s most promising performers poised for a recital at First Derry Presbyterian Church this coming Sunday, April 29 - a real treat for local music lovers.

This will be the first time that the singers – members of NI Opera’s Young Artists’ Programme - have performed together here. Accompanied by local pianist, Ruth McGinley, and curated by Mark Chambers, John Porter from Lifford, Mary McCabe from Downpatrick, Marcella Walsh from Belfast and Gemma Prince from Dungannon will perform a programme which will include Strauss, Puccini, Britten and Gershwin.

NI Opera’s Artistic Director, Oliver Mears said, “We are committed to promoting local and national artists and providing new opportunities for our brightest young talents. John was an understudy in Tosca and performed in the Chorus, and Gemma, Mary and Marcella covered roles in The Turn of the Screw.

“This recital is a fantastic opportunity for people to hear these talented singers perform.”

The Young Artists’ programme is designed to nurture aspiring young talent and showcase up and coming performers. The programme is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Rosa Solinas, Head of Music, said: “The Arts Council is committed to providing greater opportunities for young people to engage with music, and NI Opera has certainly contributed to that goal through this excellent programme.”

The performance begins at 6pm this Sunday, April 29 in the First Derry Presbyterian Church on Upper Magazine Street.

Admission is free with a retiring collection for the Church.