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Irish National Opera & UCH present ABL Aviation Opera Studio on April 3

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ABL Aviation Opera Studio – Irish National Opera and University Concert Hall (UCH) present the ABL Aviation Opera Studio, which opens the annual ‘Awakening’ Limerick concert series at UCH this April.

The ABL Aviation Opera Studio features artists participating in Irish National Opera’s annual artistic development programme

Irish National Opera and University Concert Hall (UCH) present the ABL Aviation Opera Studio, which opens the annual Awakening, Limerick Concert Series at UCH this April. The series, which is in its second year, will be presented by Lyric FM’s Liz Nolan and includes three Sunday afternoon performances from much loved Irish classical performers.

Opening the series on Sunday, April 3, The ABL Aviation Opera Studio features artists participating in Irish National Opera’s annual artistic development programme. The studio makes an annual selection of operatic talent in Ireland and provides specially tailored training, professional mentoring and high-level professional engagements for a group of individuals whose success will be key to the future development of opera in Ireland.

This year’s performing artists include Ami Hewitt (Soprano), Catherine Donnelly (Soprano), Francesco Giusti (Counter-tenor), Conor Prendiville (Tenor) and Richard McGrath (Répétiteur).

The show will feature a programme of opera favourites from well-loved classics such as ‘La bohéme’, ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ and ‘La Traviata’. This is a chance to hear some of Ireland’s most promising opera singers sing some of the greatest pieces in the operatic canon.

The Awakening Limerick Concert Series continues on Sunday, May 8 when acclaimed Irish pianist John O’ Conor performs a beautiful programme of Beethoven Sonatas. Closing the series on Sunday, June 5 are Camerata Ireland who will perform a concert of Mozart and Beethoven.

Speaking about the Awakening Limerick Concert series UCH Director Sinéad Hope said, “We launched the Awakening Limerick Concert Series last year in the height of Covid restrictions which meant much of the series was streamed online, without a live audience. Naturally, we are delighted to be able to present this year’s series to a live audience and we’re very excited about this year’s line-up of incredible Irish talent.”

Awakening Limerick Concert closes on Sunday, June 5 with Camerata Ireland who will perform a concert of Mozart and Beethoven. Established in 1999 by international pianist, conductor, educator and recording artist Barry Douglas, the chamber orchestra brings together the finest Irish musicians to celebrate the wealth of musical talent from within the island of Ireland. 

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