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New Partnership for Opera North and the RNCM


Opera North and Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) are delighted to announce a new partnership aimed at nurturing and inspiring young musical talent in the North.

The partnership, which officially launches on Wednesday 29 February, will provide exciting professional development opportunities for RNCM student singers and instrumentalists at Opera North as they prepare for their future. In addition to raising awareness of the many career paths available to students, the partnership will offer hands-on experience of auditions and mentoring from singers working at Opera North. Students will also benefit from opportunities to engage with the breadth of Opera North’s programming; from mainstage operas to  more eclectic and contemporary work presented in the Howard Assembly Room. 

In turn, Opera North will have a base in Manchester from which to explore and develop its artistic programming and outreach work, giving both partners the opportunity to work together artistically outside their own boundaries.

Opera North has been working on an informal basis with the RNCM over the last three decades, regularly hearing students recommended by vocal department, but the formal partnership will now allow for tail/ored and more structured programmes to be created for individual students.

As part of the partnership, the RNCM will work closely with DARE, Opera North's ground-breaking collaboration with the University of Leeds.  This unique initiative will probe new ways of thinking about excellence in learning, performance and academic study.

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