51 Competitors Announced for Veronica Dunne Singing Competition

Soprano Min-kyoung Kim with Dr Veronica Dunne and baritone David Howes.

51 Competitors Announced for Veronica Dunne Singing Competition

9th edition of the competition takes place over six days at the NCH.

The competitors have been announced for the 9th Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition which takes place at the NCH in Dublin from 25 to 31 January.

51 singers will compete for the triennial competition which was won by Egyptian soprano Fatma Said in 2016.

The 2019 competitors come from over 20 countries, including Ireland, UK, USA, New Zealand and Indonesia. A total of 160 singers auditioned for the competition in New York and across Europe in October and November 2018.

Diarmuid Hegarty, Chairman of the competition, commented:

We are proud that the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition continues to expand its global footprint, attracting more and more participants to its international auditions. Taking part in this competition can be a young singer’s first step towards launching a high-profile career.

Previous winners of the competition include Nadine Sierra (2013), Pumeza Matshikiza (2010), Mari Moriya (2007), Stefania Spaggiari (2003), Byung-Soon Lee (1999), Norah Amsellem (1997) and Orla Boylan (1995).

Competitors this year include South Korean soprano Min-kyoung Kim who is currently studying at the Royal Irish Academy of Music; Robert McAllister, who appeared in Irish National Opera’s production of Eithne; Catherine Donnelly, who performed in DIT’s production of Balfe’s The Sleeping Queen; and David Howes, a graduate of the Young Artist Programme with Northern Ireland Opera.

The jury for the 2019 competition is chaired by Artistic Director Jane Carty and includes conductor Richard Bonynge, former Artistic Director of Vancouver Opera; Peter Carwell, Executive Director of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation; John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall; soprano Orla Boylan; Andreas Massow, Manager of Artistic Administration at Bavarian State Opera; James Vaughan, recitalist and head coach at Teatro alla Scala, Milan; and Evamaria Wieser, Artistic Administrator at the Salzburg Festival and European casting consultant for Lyic Opera of Chicago.

For the full list of competitors, see below. For more information, visit www.vdiscompetition.com and for tickets, visit www.nch.ie.

Competitor list – 9th Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition
Alejandra Esteban (Romania)
Andrew Gavin (Ireland)
Anna Harvey (UK)
Ayşe Şenogul (Turkey)
Beatriz de Sousa (Portugal)
Ben McAteer (Ireland)
Benjamin Popson (USA)
Beth Maragret Taylor (UK)
Cameron Shahbazi (Canada)
Carolyn Holt (Ireland)
Catherine Donnelly (Ireland)
Cecilia Gaetani (Italy)
Charlotte Hoather (UK)
Chen Xu (China)
Claire Lees (UK)
Corina Ignat (Ireland/Romania)
David Howes (Ireland)
Diego Savini (Italy)
Eleanor Dennis (UK)
Eliza Boom (New Zealand)
Emmett O’Hanlon (USA)
Felicitas Frische (Germany)
Felicity Turner (UK)
Hanna Ludwig (USA)
Ilona Revolskaya (Russia)
Ioana Constantin-Piplea (Ireland/Romania)
Iris van Wijnen (Netherlands)
Joanna Kędzior (Poland)
Karin Osbeck (Sweden)
Kristen Choi (USA)
Lindsay Metzger (USA)
Luis Magallanes (Venezuela/Ireland)
Marlena Devoe (New Zealand)
Marta Mika (Poland)
Minkyoung Kim (South Korea/Ireland)
Nataliia Kukhar (Ukraine)
Nian Wang (China)
Peter Harris (UK)
Robert McAllister (Ireland)
Sara Rossini (Italy)
Satriya Krisna (Indonesia)
S’bongile Mntambo (South Africa)
Shin Yeo (South Korea)
Stephaie Wake-Edwards (UK)
Suzanne Fischer(UK)
Thembinkosi Magagula (South Africa)
Theodore Platt (UK)
Thomas Humphreys (UK)
William Thomas (UK)
Yohan Ji (South Korea)
Yuriy Hadzetskyy (Ukraine)

Published on 9 January 2019

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