This was to be a world premiere: How Covid-19 has hit the arts in Ireland
Students at the Royal Irish Academy of Music were supposed to be in rehearsals at the Peacock Theatre earlier this week, getting ready for an opera debut on March 24. Last Thursday, everything changed.
[By Zuzia Whelan, from Fora.ie, 20 March 2020]
Each year when we audition young singers at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, we ask them about their ambitions for the future. Almost always their answer is “to sing in opera.” Our annual opera production is the first step on that journey, introducing our student singers to the challenges and excitement of opera. Each year an opera is chosen to suit the voices and vocal development of our current students. Each year the students rise to the challenges we set them.
Our productions bring together musical expertise from within the Academy, students of stage design, and professional directors and designers from the world of opera. In recent years, we have benefited greatly from our collaborations with Design for Stage and Screen at IADT Dun Laoghaire and The Lir Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin. In striving for the highest standards of professionalism, we ensure that our singers are well-prepared for what lies ahead and we take great pride in the fact that many of our former students have gone on to forge successful careers in the competitive world of opera.
This website is a record and a celebration of our past work and achievements. An extensive collection of photographs from our past productions can be viewed on Flickr. Please follow @RIAMOpera on Twitter or check the RIAM website for news of upcoming RIAM Opera productions.
Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the RIAM’s opera productions over the years and a special word of thanks to our audiences. If you are interested in further supporting the development of opera at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, please consider becoming one of our RIAM Opera Angels.
Kathleen Tynan, Head of Vocal Studies & Opera, Royal Irish Academy of Music