Young Artist Programmeyap2019-05-21T18:26:13+01:00
The Irish College of Music Theatre is delighted to announce its Young Artists Programme for aspiring young classical singers aged between thirteen and twenty one years in partnership with The National Opera House.
This programme is specifically designed to nurture the artistic development of talented young singers wishing to obtain the skills and techniques required for the professional stage.
The successful applicants will be chosen by an esteemed international panel consisting of The Irish College of Music Theatre director and Performing Arts Dean of American College Dublin, soprano Deirdre Masterson, National Opera Studio, London and Royal Irish Academy of Music Dublin vocal coach and pianist Dearbhla Collins, director of Mid-West Vocal Academy and vocal tutor at The Royal Irish Academy of Music Dublin, tenor Owen Gilhooly, founder and director of Opera Workshop and Lyric FM presenter, mezzo soprano Shirley Keane, and international tenor and American College Dublin vocal coach Ross Scanlon.
The Young Artists Programme is a specially tailored course including extensive coaching with a team of experts in vocal technique, vocal repertory, languages, ensemble singing, acting, stagecraft and movement, alongside preparing for roles, scenes and concert presentations.
The chosen cohort will officially be presented in the 2020 Wexford Fringe Festival.
MEET THE TEAM
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Deirdre Masterson currently acts as Performing Arts Head of Programme for Irish American University and director of The Irish College of Music Theatre, leading the introduction of Music Theatre into the Irish institution’s suite of educational offerings. Ms Masterson has an extensive background in performance- opera, operetta, recital, concert and recordings to critical acclaim.
A native of Gorey, Co. Wexford, Deirdre started her music studies at a young age in the Wexford School of music under the direction of Alan Cutts. She made her Wexford International Opera Festival debut at the tender age of twelve playing the part of the “spirit,” in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Deirdre received a full scholarship to study opera and drama at third level with Dr. Veronica Dunne and graduated from DIT with an MMus. She made her professional operatic debut with Opera Ireland at eighteen playing the parts of “Sandman,” and “Dewfairy,” in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. She has many awards and accolades to her credit including the title of being the youngest singer ever to win the Gervase Elwes award at Feis Ceoil Dublin and winning a scholarship to study with the renowned Wagnarian soprano Astrid Varnay in Munich.
Deirdre is a seasoned concert artist performing from our National Concert Hall to Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim. A founding member of “The Irish Sopranos,” Deirdre has performed to sell out tours on both sides of the Atlantic over the last decade and enjoyed chart success with both their album releases “A Time for Us,” and “Believe.” Deirdre is a featured artist on many recordings including “Faith of our Fathers,” “Who fears to speak,” and her own album entitled “My Song.” In 2011, Deirdre formed The Irish College of Music Theatre – Ireland’s first Musical Theatre College providing fully accredited third level courses in business partnership with Dublin Institute of Technology. Currently The Irish College of Music Theatre has opened a successful branch in Wexford’s National Opera House, nurturing young talent wishing to progress onto third level performing arts programmes.
More recently, Deirdre featured on American College Dublin’s single release of Phil Coulter’s “Scorn Not His Simplicity” reaching Number 1 in the Irish iTunes charts where all proceeds were donated to Down Syndrome Field of Dreams project.
Shirley Keane is the founder and artistic director of Limerick based Opera Workshop. Since its inception in 2017 she has written and directed five shows collaborating with a core ensemble of Opera Workshop associated singers and instrumentalists. Their most recent production was the site-specific ‘Abandoned’, comprised of short contemporary operas, at The Old Sailor’s Home, Limerick.
Having had training in both theatre and opera, at Rose Bruford College, Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, Shirley is a performer whose experience ranges from traditional and contemporary opera roles to mainstream theatre. Shirley has written, produced and directed projects that involve community groups and professional artists and which incorporate any number of elements from spoken word to orchestral works. She has devised site specific opera productions at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and the Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, London.
As a performer, director, and facilitator Shirley has worked with companies as diverse as Opera Theatre Co., Opera Holland Park, Basingstoke Haymarket Theatre, Glyndebourne Opera, Live Music Now, Accademia Solti Te Kanawa, Newham Young People’s Chorus, Half Moon Young People’s Theatre Co., Theatre Venture, East End Opera and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Dearbhla Collins is one of Ireland’s finest pianists. She is most well known as a song pianist and performs recitals with singers such as Benjamin Appl, Patricia Bardon and Tara Erraught. She also regularly works with Dame Ann Murray and Brigitte Fassbaender.
She has recently been appointed Assistant Head of Music at the National Opera Studio, London and is the senior vocal coach at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. She has also coached in the Universität für Musik, Vienna, in Zurich and the Beijing Central Conservatory. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Dublin Song Series which puts on song recitals in Dublin at the National Concert Hall and the Hugh lane Municipal Art Gallery.
Dearbhla is the Artistic Administrator of the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, previous winners of which include Nadine Sierra, Fatma Said and William Thomas.
In October 2017 she was awarded an honorary doctorate for her services to music in Ireland from the National University of Ireland.
Owen Gilhooly began his studies with Jean Holmes at the Limerick School of Music. He subsequently graduated from the Royal College of Music and National Opera Studio with generous support from the Arts Council of Ireland, the Belfast Classical Music Bursary, the RVW Trust and the Sibyl Tutton Trust. He made his Royal Opera House debut singing Fauré Requiem for the Royal Ballet and represented Ireland at the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.
He has appeared in principal roles with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opera Ireland, Opera Theatre Company, English Touring Opera, Lyric Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, The Opera Group and the, as well as Wexford Festival Opera, Lismore Music Festival, Buxton Festival Opera, Les Azuriales Opera & Musikverkstatt Wien.
In concert he has appeared with the RTÉ NSO & CO, IBO, Irish Chamber and Ulster Orchestras and internationally with the Bournemouth and Tokyo Symphony Orchestras, the Royal Liverpool and London Philharmonic Orchestras as well as appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in works including Berlioz’ “L’enfance du Christ” and The Bridegroom in The Vanishing Bridegroom, Bill Bobstay in HMS Pinafore and Konecký in Osud at the BBC Proms.
Significant performances include Robert in the world premiere of Luke Bedford’s Through His Teeth (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Emilio (Il Cappello Di Paglia di Firenze) (Wexford Festival Opera), Escamillo (Carmen) (Opera Theatre Company), Valentin (Faust) (Everyman Theatre, Cork) and Beethoven’s “Christus am Olberge” in Spain with Camerata Ireland, Handel Messiah Irish Baroque Orchestra & Irish Chamber Orchestra and Verdi Requiem at the Cork International Choral Festival.
His discography includes Weir: The Vanishing Bridegroom BBC Symphony Orchestra/Brabbins, Hurd: The Aspern Papers Ulster Orchestra/Vass, Joyce Songs: James Joyce’s Musical Dublin RTÉ Concert Orchestra/Houlihan, May: Sunlight and Shadow RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra/Houlihan.
In recent years, Owen’s voice has now moved into the tenor range with focus on lyric repertoire. Recent engagements included Monostatos, First Armed Man (Die Zauberflöte) for Cork Opera House, Verdi Requiem, Gaston La Traviata, Remendado Carmen and Lensky Eugene Onegin, Sun in the world premiere of The Nightingale and the Rose and Borsa Rigoletto.
Owen is a member of the Vocal Faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Irish born Tenor Ross Scanlon trained at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where he was awarded the Michael McNamara Gold Medal of excellence in performance and at the Royal Academy of Music, London.Ross is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM) and is also an Alumni of the Royal Academy Opera School.
At the Royal Academy of Music, Ross worked with some of the finest Opera directors, conductors and coaches including Sir Colin Davis, John Copley CBE, Paul Curran, Stephen Barlow, Trevor Pinnock CBE, Jonathan Papp and Maria Cleva. His roles included Lurcanio Ariodante, Masino La vera Costanza, Monostatos Die Zauberflöte and Scaramuccio Ariadne auf Naxos.
Elsewhere, his roles have included Le Thérière L'Enfant et les sortlièges with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London, Hot Biscuit Paul Bunyan for Welsh National Opera, Irus The Return of Ulysses for Opera Collective Ireland, Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia for Opera Collective Ireland, Ed A Belfast Opera for NI Opera, Bookkeeper The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny for OTC, Dublin, Remendado Carmen for Lyric Opera, Dublin, Bill A Hand of Bridge, Remendado Carmen and Tamino Die
Zauberflöte for Glasthule Opera.
Ross sings widely in concert, his engagements including Alexander's Feast, Messiah and The Creation with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Messiah at the Halle Festival, Germany, at the Handel Music Festival, Dublin, and with the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as performances with choral societies through the UK and Ireland.
Other oratorio’s include Britten Saint Nicolas, Dvořák Stabat Mater, Handel’s Alexander’s Feast and Coronation Anthems, Haydn Die Jahreszeiten, The Creation and Missa in Tempore Belli, Mendelssohn Elijah and St Paul, Stainer Crucifixion, Mozart’s Vesperae Solemnes de Confessore and Coronation Mass Schubert’s Mass in B flat, Jenkins ‘The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace’ , Goodall Eternal Light – A Requiem (Irish Premiere), Goodall Invictus: A Passion (Irish Premiere) Recent and future engagements include performing for HRH, Prince of Wales, with The Ulster Orchestra, Belfast, Tenor solo for the Irish Premiere of Howard Goodall’s Invictus: A Passion with Bray and Wicklow Choral Societies, creating the role of John Pyne for the World Premiere of Raymond Deane’s new opera Vagabones for Opera Collective Ireland and a solo recital of The John McCormack Songbook at the National Concert Hall,
Ross is a member of the Vocal Faculty at the American College, Dublin.