The Leverhulme Trust has announced that it has awarded funding to Opera North to create a series of annual opera residencies for students of the National Opera Studio and the Royal Northern College of Music.
The funding, granted over three years from September 2013, will support the bursary costs of fifteen young singers and repetiteurs to undertake a week long residency at Opera North’s base in Leeds each spring. The students will have access to the expertise available from Opera North’s music department and artistic programming staff, as well as professional opera directors, conductors and singers.
Christine Chibnall, Opera North’s planning director, said: “We are delighted to have received this grant from The Levenhulme Trust, enabling us to further our work with two institutions close to Opera North, the RNCM and National Opera Studio. Opera North is committed to nurturing and inspiring young musical talent and these residencies will give students the invaluable experience of an opera company’s inner-workings, developing their skills at the outset of their careers.”
Kathryn Harries, director of the National Opera Studio, said: “One of the most important elements in the advanced training of professional opera singers and repetiteurs is actual experience of working in situ with top-class opera companies.
Our residencies with Opera North have always been wonderfully productive; from musical and dramatic excellence under the guidance of top, international musicians and directors, including Richard Farnes, James Holmes, Phyllida Lloyd and Jo Davies, to learning what constitutes professionalism when working for an opera company of this calibre.”
The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 under the Will of the first Viscount Leverhulme. It is one of the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK, distributing funds of some £60 million every year. For further information about the schemes that the Leverhulme Trust fund visit their website at www.leverhulme.ac.uk /www.twitter.com/LeverhulmeTrust