DIT singers head for Glyndebourne Opera Festival


Off to Glyndebourne - Jennifer Hughes, (mezzo), Lawrence Thackery (tenor) and Irina Loscova (mezzo)

15th December 2010

Five DIT students and graduates have been selected for the chorus of the famous Glyndebourne Opera Festival 2011, following auditions held in Dublin last month. Auditions are held each year in all major conservatories in the UK, but this year the DIT Conservatory was invited to host Irish auditions, and these took place in Gleeson Theatre. The Irish students were in competition with students from many prestigious institutions but the representatives from Glyndebourne were clearly impressed by what they heard.  The five students and recent graduates from the Conservatory of Music and Drama in DIT selected at audition are:

  • Jennifer Hughes
  • Irina Loscova
  • Ben Slade
  • Lawrence Thackery
  • Michaela Loredana Chirvase

Congratulations to the students and their lecturers and mentors.  All five have been chosen to perform in the chorus in the 2011 Glyndebourne Opera Festival season.  The programme opens on 21 May with a new production of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Other productions include a new production of Handel's Rinaldo and revivals of Don Giovanni, L'elisir d'amore, Rusalka and The Turn of the Screw.

In the world of opera, Glyndebourne is unique and for Jennifer, Irina, Ben, Lawrence and Michaela this will be an exceptional opportunity.  The Festival  programmes generally include well-known repertoire as well as less familiar works, while in addition to established opera directors, Glyndebourne often  invites talented theatre directors to bring their creative vision to opera.   Recognised globally as one of the great opera houses, the Festival audiences arrive from far and wide.  The opera festival was founded in 1934 by John Christie.   Performances are staged in a modern, world-class opera house seating 1,200, which stands next to Christie’s country home in the Sussex Downs.   For the audience, a performance at Glyndebourne is quite an occasion - most wearing evening dress and many bring picnics to enjoy in the grounds during the extended interval.

For details about the Glyndebourne Festival see: http://glyndebourne.com/introduction-glyndebourne


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