Wexford Opera Festival introduce a New Repetiteur Programme, supported by The Community Foundation for Ireland
Two young artists were announced for Wexford Festival Opera’s newly developed Repetiteur Programme which will take place as part of Wexford Factory in September, the Festival’s professional academy for young Irish / Irish- based singers. In its inaugural year, this new programme will introduce two young pianists who will join the 16 singers previously announced to take part in the 2022/23 term.
The 2022/23 participants of this new initiative are pianists Eléna Maria Esposito and Rebecca Warren. They will take part in the programme over the course of 2 weeks in September, prior to rehearsals for the 71st Wexford Festival Opera in October, at which they will have opportunities to perform.
The Community Foundation for Ireland’s support will go directly towards the professional development and support of these three artists. This new programme was developed by the Festival to provide vital support for young pianists in Ireland who would not otherwise be able to access this level of training and masterclass teachings by world-class professionals.
Eléna Maria Esposito
Eléna Maria Esposito is an Irish pianist based in Dublin. She has recently completed her degree in piano performance at the TU Dublin Conservatoire, mentored by Siobhán Kilkelly. During her time at the Conservatoire, she participated in masterclasses with distinguished pianists such as Prisca Benoit, Philippe Cassard, and Finghín Collins. In 2019 and 2021 she attended Cheethams Piano Summer School where she studied with established pianists, Tamás Ungár, Peter Donohoe and Katya Apekisheva and was awarded the Licentiate of Trinity College of London qualification.
In 2020 Eléna participated in, ‘Beethoven 250: new Beethoven-inspired works by young composers. In this project she premiered Elliot Teo’s ‘A Beethovian Credo'. Also, Eléna was the chairperson of the TU Dublin Philharmonic Society throughout her degree. This involves presenting fortnightly events and concerts. A highlight was an online event titled, ‘A Celebration of Women in Music’. This involved performances by students, panel discussions and interviews with established women in the music industry including, Dr. Anne Marie O Farrell, Dr. Maria McHale, Lynsey O Callaghan and more.
Rebecca Warren is a pianist and violinist from Wexford currently studying on the repetiteur Master’s programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She holds an MA, BA and Diploma in music performance and has studied with Dearbhla Brosnan, Marian Ingoldsby, Jan Čáp, Una Kindlon, Mariana Sîrbu and Ferenc Szücs. She was repetiteur with the inaugural Irish National Opera Studio 2018/2019. She has worked on several operatic productions including Aida, Madama Butterfly, Les enfants terribles, Die Zauberflöte and Le nozze di Figaro.
Her repetiteur training has taken her to Italy, Luxembourg, the UK and Greece and she also recently undertook further studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Collaborations and concert tours with other artists have brought Rebecca to the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg and the UK. She is passionate about the promotion of Irish contemporary music and is co-founder of Crescent Festival of Irish Contemporary Music. In 2020 Rebecca was awarded the prestigious Next Generation Artist Award by the Arts Council.
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