Our events

The Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition organises a number of events throughout the year in partnership with the Friends of the Vocal Arts. Our event proceeds go towards supporting and funding the triennial Singing Competition. Take a look through our upcoming events. 

Our events

The Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition organises a number of events throughout the year in partnership with the Friends of the Vocal Arts. Our event proceeds go towards supporting and funding the triennial Singing Competition. Take a look through our upcoming events. 

Upcoming events

Friends of the Vocal Arts will once again host our

Summer Festival of Opera

Sunday 30th June & Sunday 7TH July 2024 at 3pm
The Orangery in Killruddery House, Bray, Co Wicklow

Join us for our summer opera concerts, set in the magical surroundings of Killruddery House and Gardens where you can enjoy a wonderful programme of arias and ensembles from your favourite operas performed by some of Ireland’s finest young singers in this unparalleled location.

On Sunday 30th June the performers will include Eimear Harper (soprano), Anastasia Sereda (soprano), Anna Helena Maclachlan (mezzo-soprano), Cathal McCabe (tenor), Matt Mannion (baritone), accompanied by Mairéad Hurley.

On Sunday 7th July the performers will include Ava Dodd (soprano), Eva Kavanagh (soprano), Gina Oberoi (mezzo-soprano), Conor Prendiville (tenor), David Kennedy (baritone), accompanied by Dearbhla Collins.

Book tickets for €75 per person, which will include wine and canapés during the interval. We hope you will be able to join us for this special afternoon and continue your much valued support.

BOOK TICKETS:
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Email us vdiscompetition@gmail.com
Tel. Ruah Pearson 0892742849
Or contact any committee member

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Past events

An Afternoon by Limerick Classical Concert Series & The Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition

Sunday 3rd March, 3.30PM
University Concert Hall Limerick

We are delighted to present ‘An Afternoon by Limerick Classical Concert Series & The Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition’ at University Concert Hall Limerick on Sunday March 3rd.
The concert will bring together renowned Limerick performers Mairéad Buicke, soprano, and Owen Gilhooly-Miles, baritone, alongside 2nd and 3rd prize winners from the 2022 Veronica Dunne Competition – Dublin mezzo soprano Aebh Kelly and British tenor Aaron Godfrey-Mayes. Accompanied by Dearbhla Collins and Mairead Hurley, the varied programme of operatic arias and other works will showcase the talents of these award-winning singers. A 50% Group Discount (4+) makes it the perfect Sunday afternoon event to enjoy with friends and family!


Gala Dinner for Opera Lovers

29th February 2024, 7PM
Kings Inns, Dublin

Our Gala Dinner event promises to be a fantastic operatic experience, with wine reception, dinner and entertainment from the fabulous soprano Rachel Croash, tenor Patrick Hyland and pianist Mairead Hurley


Friends of the Vocal Arts presents the second

Veronica Dunne Bursary for Young Irish Singers

Friday 8th & SATURDAY 9TH December 2023
Auditorium, Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8, D08V04N

The 2023 Veronica Dunne Bursary for Young Irish Singers, where short-listed applicants will perform across two rounds for our esteemed jury at the Auditorium, Griffith College, Dublin in competition for the €10,000 bursary fund. 

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Friends of the Vocal Arts presents

Opera at Kylemore Abbey

Saturday 23 September at 7pm
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden,
Kylemore Abbey Connemara H91 VR90 Ireland

A wonderful evening of opera in the glorious Kylemore Abbey, with performances by Ireland’s top talent, featuring Mairead Buicke, Anne Marie Gibbons and Patrick Hyland. 


Friends of the Vocal Arts will once again host our

Summer Festival of Opera

Sunday 25th June & Sunday 2nd July 2023 at 3pm
The Orangery in Killruddery House, Bray, Co Wicklow

This wonderful fusion of opera and music, combined with the magical setting of Killruddery House and Gardens, has provided memorable occasions for many of us including Ronnie, her young students and you her loyal supporters. These concerts, as with all of our events, will raise funds towards the organisation and hosting of the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition and to help our young singers in development of their careers. We continue to work toward the future in securing Ronnie’s legacy going forward.

The Programme is currently being finalised but the performers will include Ava Dodd, Deirdre Higgins, Megan O’Neill (sopranos), Anna-Helena MacLachlan (mezzo-soprano), Dylan Rooney (baritone) and Sean Tester (tenor). These young singers are excited to have this performance opportunity in the prestigious Orangery at Killruddery. Ava and Anna-Helena were both winners in the first Veronica Dunne Bursary for young Irish singers and Anna-Helena and Sean Tester competed well in the 10th Competition last August.

Mairead Hurley and Dearbhla Collins will accompany the singers on piano.

Book tickets for €75 per person, which will include wine and canapés during the interval. We hope you will be able to join us for this special afternoon and continue your much valued support. We promise you a wonderful afternoon of opera in Killruddery House & Gardens and look forward to welcoming you back again.  


Gala Dinner for Opera Lovers

14th February 2023, 7PM
Kings Inns, Dublin

Our Gala Dinner event promises to be a fantastic operatic experience, featuring soprano Kelli-Ann Masterson, bass-baritone Rory Dunne and pianist Mairead Hurley. For further information and to book your table, email us at vdiscompetition@gmail.com. Dress to impress in Black Tie for this special evening. 


10th Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition

25–30 August 2022
NATIONAL CONCERT HALL, DUBLIN

The Friends of the Vocal Arts Committee, hosts of the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, are proud to present the 10th competition at the end of August 2022.


Opera is back!

19Th September 2021, 3PM
KILLRUDDERY HOUSE & GARDENS, WICKLOW

Join us for an afternoon of operatic arias and ensembles featuring an exciting cast of singers: Rachel Croash, Gemma Ni Bhriain, Patrick Hyland, Rory Musgrave with Mairead Hurley, piano. To book tickets and for further information, call +35314150445 or email us at vdisc@griffith.ie


‘100 Days of Walking into Covid’ Exhibition

24, 27, 28 July 10am–4pm
RIAI, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin

The exhibition ‘100 Days of Walking into COVID’ includes 100 Paintings completed from January – July 2020 in and around Dublin by Caitriona Shaffrey MRIAI. This a record of the city during lockdown. All proceeds in aid of the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition. 


An Audience with Tara Erraught

14 FEBRUARY 2021
ORGANISED BY FRIENDS OF THE VOCAL ARTS

Zoom chat with Tara Erraught, mezzo soprano, in conversation with Dearbhla Collins on her career and performances.


Opera Online at Killruddery House

SUNDAY 12th July 2020, 3PM
Watch online – Broadcast from KILLRUDDERY HOUSE 

This year’s summer operatic event goes digital! Our fundraising concert is broadcast from The Orangery at Killruddery House, featuring Rachel Croash soprano, Gemma Ní Bhriain mezzo-soprano, Gavan Ring tenor, Rory Musgrave baritone, and pianist Dearbhla Collins. From Bizet to Verdi, and including favourites by Gounod, Puccini and Mozart, the diverse programme reflects the impressive range of the singers. From the safety and comfort of your home, enjoy gorgeous opera arias and ensembles performed by these immensely talented artists. 


Gala Dinner for Opera Lovers

14th February 2020, 7PM
Kings Inns, Dublin

Our Gala Dinner event promises to be a fantastic operatic experience, featuring soprano Ioana Pipelea, tenor Patrick Hyland and pianist Dearbhla Collins. For further information and to book your table, email us at vdisc@griffith.ie, call Lydia Ackermann on 014163345 or call Natalie Marr on 014150445. Dress to impress in Black Tie for this special evening. 


Christmas Opera Magic Concert

7th December 2019, 8PM
Pillar Room, Rotunda Foundation

Our magical Christmas Concert features Leah Redmond (soprano), Ava Dodd (soprano), Aebh Kelly (mezzo-soprano), Luis Magallanes (tenor), David Howes (baritone) and pianist Dearbhla Collins. To book tickets and for further information, call +35314150445 or email us at vdisc@griffith.ie


Summer Festival of Opera

14Th JULY 2019, 3PM
KILLRUDDERY HOUSE & GARDENS, WICKLOW

Join us for an afternoon of operatic arias and ensembles featuring an exciting cast of singers to be announced soon. To book tickets and for further information, call +35314150445 or email us at vdisc@griffith.ie


Summer Festival of Opera

7th JULY 2019, 3PM
KILLRUDDERY HOUSE & GARDENS, WICKLOW

Join us for an afternoon of operatic arias and ensembles featuring an exciting cast of singers to be announced soon. To book tickets and for further information, call +35314150445 or email us at vdisc@griffith.ie


2019 Competition Final

31st January 2019
NCH Main Auditorium, Dublin

Join us for this momentous occasion as our six finalists compete for the grand title of our prestigious vocal award.


Gala Dinner in King’s Inns

30th January 2019
King’s Inns, Dublin

Our Gala Dinner promises to be a fantastic operatic experience. For further information and to book your table, email us at vdisc@griffith.ie


2019 Competition Rounds

25–29th January 2019
NCH, Dublin

Hear some of the world’s most promising young voices at our week of Competition Rounds in the run up to our grand Final. 


Veronica Dunne turns 91
A Celebratory Concert

1st September 2018 at 8pm
NCH, Main Auditorium, Dublin

Join us for an evening of operatic arias and ensembles featuring artists Miriam Murphy, soprano, Young Woo Kim, tenor, Leah Redmond, soprano, Gemma Ní Bhriain, mezzo soprano and Robert McAllister, bass baritone with the head of music at La Scala Milan, James Vaughan, at the piano.