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Partnership with Wexford Festival Opera

As applications open for 2016, the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition announces a new alliance with Wexford Festival Opera which will see the winner be given an opportunity to perform at this world renowned Festival

For over 20 years the Veronica Dunne International Singing competition has brought to the fore many new exciting voices. Throughout its history Wexford Festival Opera has featured and nurtured many of the rising stars and new faces of Opera. Today it was announced that these two renowned organisations are forming a new alliance which will see them working closely together.

As part of this new alliance, Wexford Festival Opera will host one of the audition heats, the Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera will be the orchestra for the competition Final held in the National Concert Hall, Dublin and the winner will be given an opportunity to perform at the Festival in Wexford in 2016.

On Monday, July 27th, Dr Veronica Dunne also announced that applications are officially open for the 2016 competition. For full details see www.vdiscompetition.com. Applications close 18 September, 2015.

Artistic Director of Wexford Festival Opera, David Agler was on the jury for the 2010 competition. Speaking of the announcement today he said, "I warmly welcome this alliance between two iconic Irish institutions, both dedicated to discovering the next generation of promising singers. I know that Dr Dunne and I take great pride in the contributions that her Competition and the Festival make in helping to launch the careers of so many gifted artists. And to have the splendid Wexford Festival Orchestra become the Orchestra of the Competition is a great satisfaction, as well. The combination of the unique strengths of both our organizations will ensure the viability and success of the Competition for many years to come. We will go forth together to make the VDISC one of the world’s great musical events."

Established in 1995 and occurring every 3 years, the 8th Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition will take place from 22nd to 28th January 2016. Founded by Ireland's Grande Dame of singing, Dr Veronica Dunne, the competition finds and fosters vocal talent and helps build international careers. “I am excited about this alliance and embarking on this journey', Dr Dunne said. Together we can build on the success of the competition and the achievements of our singers to date”.

Booking for the 64th Wexford Festival Opera is now open. The Festival will run from 21 October until 1 November, 2015 featuring three evening operas: Koanga by Frederick Delius, Guglielmo Ratcliff by Pietro Mascagni and Le Pré aux clercs by Ferdinand Hérold and three daytime ShortWorks operas: The Portrait of Manon by Jules Massenet, Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck and Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, as well as concerts, lunchtime recitals, lectures and talks. The 12 day Festival will feature 52 events in total. For more information see Wexfordopera.com.

The 64th Wexford Festival Opera is grant-aided by the Arts Council, Fíilte Ireland, and Wexford County Council.

Please visit the gallery to see photographs of the launch. Photographs by Mark Stedman, www.photocallireland