Opera Theatre Company's Young Associate Artists
recently visited Belgium's internationally renowned producing opera house, La Monnaie.
Accompanied by Artistic Administrator, Dermot O'Callaghan, young artists Marcella Walsh (soprano)
, Emma Nash (soprano)
, Nathan Morrison (baritone)
and Benjamin Russell (baritone)
Arriving in Brussels in time to see that evening's performance of Les Huguenots
, OTC's young artists thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful opportunity to experience a rarely performed work.
It is truly a Grand Opera - and a highly expensive undertaking for any opera company.
Another element of the trip was to work in the unique surroundings of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel
Inaugurated in 1939 and renowned for teaching exceptional, young, talented musicians, The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel has, with La Monnaie, set up an Opera Studio in Brussels, with similar aims to our own Young Associate Artists Programme
: in order to prepare promising young singers for the vocal, physical and stage
requirements involved in a career as an opera singer. Ireland is currently represented at this prestigious studio by artist in residence, Helen Kearns.
OTC's young artists worked with repetiteur/coach, Philippe Riga, and Director, Alain Garichot.
Thanks for this visit must go to OTC's colleagues at La Monnaie and the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and especially to Ms. Evelyne De Vos (La Monnaie) and Ms. Muriel Wanderbauwhede (Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel).
For OTC's Young Artists, the experience of visiting international opera houses and studios, such as this one, is invaluable. You can find out more about our Young Associate Artists Programme here
our Young Associate Artists Programme financially, you can make an immediate donation here
, or become a patron of OTC here
, or contact email@example.com
to speak in more detail about how you could become involved.