Newry-born baritone Ben McAteer takes centre stage in the first concert of the 2013 Northern Lights Mini-Fest, Belfast Music Society’s showcase event for outstanding young chamber musicians born or based in Northern Ireland.
This performance will consist of a programme of lieder, opera and English song, including works by Schubert, Schumann, Quilter and Vaughan Williams.
Ben won the inaugural NI Opera Festival of Voice and went on to perform with Dame Kiri te Kanawa and the Ulster Orchestra. He is currently a Samling scholar, having completed his studies on the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s opera course.
Harty Room, Queen’s University, Belfast
Sun 6 October, 3pm // £10 (£5 Under 25s) Click here to book online or call the box office on 028 9024 6609
Come fly with me One of the grandest of grand operas, NI Opera’s The Flying Dutchman is a feast for the eyes and ears, marrying thrilling drama and a gorgeously romantic score. One stormy night a Norwegian sea captain encounters the Flying Dutchman – a ghostly captain doomed to sail the seas for all eternity. The two men strike a deal, but things do not go according to plan…
With a superb international cast and the Ulster Orchestra in the pit, this breathtaking production is your chance to experience the epic scale of Wagnerian opera in Northern Ireland. Grand Opera House, Belfast Fri 15 Feb, 7.15 pm
Sun 17 Feb, 2 pm
£19.25 – £45
Following the fire that burnt down the Welcome’s Homeless Shelter in St Divis Square, a group of local opera singers have agreed to perform a concert in order to raise funds for the organisation.
Taking place in St Peter’s Cathedral on Saturday the 9th of February, at 9pm, 9 musicians will perform famous arias, duets and ensembles from such operas as “The Magic Flute” and “The Marriage of Figaro”.
Featuring the winner of the Glenarm Festival of Voice 2012, as well as several NI Opera Young Artists past and present, this is a great evening in aid of a greater cause.
Entry is free. Complimentary ’999′ cupcakes from the Lily Pink Bakery as well as teas and coffees to be served afterwards. Donations encouraged.
Date: Saturday the 9th of February
Place: St Peter’s Cathedral Belfast
Read about the fire that devastated the Drop-in Centre here…
Scottish Opera returns to the Grand Opera House with director Sir Thomas Allen’s take on Mozart’s most inventive opera The Magic Flute. Set in a fantastical world that’s part 18th century, part ‘steam punk’ Victoriana, this promises to be a theatrical and imaginative telling of this much-loved piece.
Mozart’s music effortlessly evokes the full gamut of emotions on stage – from heartfelt love songs and comic exchanges to explosive coloratura in the infamous Queen of the Night aria
Grand Opera House
Thurs 29 Nov & Sat 1 Dec, 7.15pm
£15 – £46
Two of Britain’s most glamorous and versatile performers appear together for the very first time in a specially devised programme for the soprano voice and its instrumental counterpoint, the clarinet, as part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s.
Lesley Garrett and Emma Johnson are justly celebrated for their many achievements in classical music, making it popular, moving and fun. In their new venture together, supported by the pianist Andrew West, they focus on melody: the natural melody of folk song and of great composers like Schubert, Gershwin and Bach. Clonard Monastery Tues 30 Oct, 8pm £18
‘The luminous and lyrical soprano of Camilla Tilling, which keeps its beautiful bloom even in the top register, is a pure joy for the ear’Fono Forum
Besides having a highly successful career in opera, the Swedish soprano Camilla Tilling has made a name for herself in concert and recital. International Record Review praised her ’rounded golden tone’ and her ‘ability to float a vocal line that seems to hang effortlessly on the air demanding that time itself should stop.’
She is supported by the eminent German pianist and chamber musician Paul Rivinius. The importance of Franz Schubert for the lied genre has been compared to that of Shakespeare for the theatre – the same kind of instinctive and inexplicable genius, appearing without forewarning, unparalleled in its own era and never surpassed by later exponents. This performance will include some of Schubert’s best-known songs and some of the most beautiful of all ‘lieder’.
St George’s Church, High Street, Belfast Sat 27 Oct, 8pm £12
In the midst of a city, in the midst of a war, an enduring friendship is formed between a young elephant named Sheila and her keeper. As the bombs begin to fall and the Head Zookeeper worries about the fate of the animals, the local children play and laugh and sing in the Belfast streets…
The Elephant Angel is a heart-warming new opera for audiences of all ages by composer Gareth Williams and acclaimed novelist Bernard MacLaverty. Based on a true story, it tells the tale of a lady zookeeper who takes a baby elephant home with her each night during the Belfast Blitz, looking after it and keeping it safe with the help of the children who live near by.
Performed by singers and musicians from Scottish Opera, each performance ofThe Elephant Angel also involves around 60 local schoolchildren; some working with Scottish Opera’s experts to market and run the performances, and the others forming a chorus of 30 who will created their own unique elements for a performance especially for their local community.
We have three pairs of tickets for this production in Strule Arts Centre. ENTER COMPETITION