Young opera stars re­ceive bur­saries

Wexford People - - NEWS -

THE Wex­ford so­prano Maria Hughes and the Dublin tenor Richard Shaf­frey have been an­nounced as the 2018 PwC/ Wex­ford Fes­ti­val Opera ‘Emerg­ing Young Artist’ bur­sary win­ners.

There was fur­ther good news as PwC de­clared its com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing the Emerg­ing Young Artists pro­gramme for an­other three years.

The ini­tia­tive sup­ports and cel­e­brates Ire­land’s emerg­ing young artists from the opera world and helps to­wards the costs as­so­ci­ated with ad­vanc­ing their ca­reers.

So­prano Maria Hughes from Gorey made her third ap­pear­ance at the Fes­ti­val this year, per­form­ing in three main evening op­eras, L’ora­colo by Leoni and Mala vita by Gior­dano as well as tak­ing on the role of Miss Copeland in the Euro­pean pre­miere of Din­ner at Eight by Wil­liam Bol­com.

Tenor Richard Shaf­frey, a na­tive of Dublin, per­formed the role of Un Messo in the Mer­cadante opera II bravo as well as singing Dick John­son in La fan­ci­ulla del West by Puc­cini, part of the ShortWorks day­time opera pro­gramme.

‘With a rep­u­ta­tion as an in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val at­tract­ing au­di­ences and crit­ics from around the globe, Wex­ford Fes­ti­val Opera is an im­por­tant plat­form to show­case the best emerg­ing tal­ent and is a key part of our mis­sion’, said Artis­tic Di­rec­tor David Agler.

‘We are de­lighted to part­ner with PwC in nur­tur­ing young tal­ent. It’s hon­our to award these two very promis­ing young singers who have made a great con­tri­bu­tion to the 2018 WEx­ford Fes­ti­val com­pany’.

‘PwC has a strong his­tory of cham­pi­oning tal­ent devel­op­ment and we are proud to team up with Wex­ford Fes­ti­val Opera for an­other three years on this ex­cit­ing ini­tia­tive’, said Jean De­laney of PwC.

Launch­ing a new three-year deal be­tween PwC and Wex­ford Fes­ti­val Opera are the win­ners of the 2018 PwC/Wex­ford Fes­ti­val Opera ‘Emerg­ing Young Artist’ Bur­sary – tenor Richard Shaf­frey from Dublin (far left) and so­prano Maria Hughes from Gorey (sec­ond from left) – with Jean De­laney, Part­ner, PwC and David McLough­lin, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Wex­ford Fes­ti­val Opera.

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