Rising stars receive award: Pictured (l-r): launching the awards in the artistic surrounds of The Gallery in Greenacres, Wexford are David McLoughlin, Chief Executive, Wexford Festival Opera; Soprano, Emma Nash (from Cork); Jean Delaney, Tax Partner, PwC; and Baritone, Cormac Lawlor (from Kerry).
The 66th Wexford Festival Opera runs 19 October to 5 November.
Cork soprano Emma Nash and Co. Kerry baritone, Cormac Lawlor, were announced as the 2017 PwC/Wexford Festival Opera ‘Emerging Young Artist’ bursary winners ahead of the start of the 66th Wexford Festival Opera.
This initiative, now in its third year, serves to support and celebrate Ireland’s Emerging Young Artists from the opera world and helps to contribute towards the many costs associated with furthering their careers.
Besides performing in the Wexford Festival Opera chorus in the evening operas, both these promising young singers have the exciting opportunity to originate principal roles in the highly anticipated world-premiere of Dubliners by Irish composer Andrew Synnott, based on the novel by James Joyce, part of the ShortWorks daytime opera programme
Cork native, soprano Emma Nash made her Wexford Festival Opera debut in 2015 in the chorus and also in the principal role of ‘Gretel’ in the ShortWorks opera, Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck. Emma will return to Wexford Opera Festival for their 2017 season where she will sing the role of Polly in the world premiere of Dubliners by Andrew Synnott and the role of Handmaiden in Medea directed by Fiona Shaw as well as sing in the chorus for Margherita.
Baritone Cormac Lawlor hails from Tralee, Co. Kerry is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music where he studied under Dr Veronica Dunne. Currently he is studying under Judith Mok and recently completed a term as a Young Associated Artist with Opera Theatre Company in Dublin before going on to work with companies such as NI Opera, Glyndebourne Opera Festival and Opera Holland Park. From September he will add the NI Opera, Opera Studio to his list of credits. Meanwhile Cormac will be in rehearsals for the three main evening operas, Medea, Margherita and Risurrezzione in addition to the role of ‘Farrington’ in Dubliner.
Speaking at the announcement, Jean Delaney, Tax Partner, PwC, said: “Having the right skills is critical for success and PwC has a strong history of championing talent development. We are proud to partner with Wexford Festival Opera on this exciting initiative.”
Wexford Festival Opera Artistic Director, David Agler, said of the two singers: “Providing a platform for the best emerging talent on the national and international stage is a key part of the Wexford Festival Opera mission and it is hugely appropriate for PwC to partner with Wexford Festival Opera in the nurturing of young talent. Emma and Cormac are very worthy recipients of this award and these promising young singers area a great addition to the 2017 Wexford Festival Company. ”
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