PRESENTING THE FIRST

Veronica Dunne Bursary for Young Irish Singers

A new opportunity to nurture and develop vocal talent through personalised funded coaching packages

Our Bursary Awardees

The Veronica Dunne Bursary for Young Irish Singers is delighted to award its inaugural opera bursaries to six young singers to help mentor and support them in developing their future singing careers. The singers who have been awarded bursaries are:

Ava Dodd

Carolyn Holt

Aebh Kelly

Anna Helena MacLachlan

Jade Phoenix

Karla Tracey

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€15,000 Bursary Fund 

The Friends of the Vocal Arts is delighted to introduce the Veronica Dunne Bursary for Young Irish Singers, a new funding and mentoring initiative to develop Irish singing talent. With an overall fund of €15,000, the distribution of these awards will reflect the jury’s assessment of each recipient’s needs. On the basis of performance and interview, the experienced judging panel will devise a bespoke career plan for the successful singers. These personalised pathways could contribute to their development through such intensive work as musical or language coachings/ stagecraft classes and masterclasses.


WHEN

7th–8th November 2020

On Saturday, November 7th, up to 30 singers will perform 2 arias each. On Sunday, November 8th, 10 finalists will have interviews with the jury followed by a performance of 2 arias.


WHERE

Dublin, Ireland

Performances will take place in person at the Whaley Room, Museum of Literature Ireland, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2


DEADLINE

Apply by 24th October 2020

Apply online by Saturday 24th October at 11.59pm – late applications will not be accepted

Rules

BURSARY ELIGIBILITY

The Bursary is open to Irish singers, born on or after February 1st 1989, living in Ireland or abroad and also singers of any nationality who are resident or studying in Ireland. Read the rules before you apply.

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Our Jury members

MEET THE 2020 BURSARY JURY

We are proud to introduce our distinguished Jury members.

Tara Erraught

IRISH MEZZO SOPRANO

Mark Shanahan

CONDUCTOR & HEAD OF MUSIC, NATIONAL OPERA STUDIO LONDON

Tobias Truniger

DIRECTOR, OPERA STUDIO,
BAVARIAN STATE OPERA

Applications are closed

Thank you to all of our applicants and congratulations to our bursary awardees.