Rising Stars Receive PwC/Wexford Festival Opera 2018 ‘Emerging Young Artist’ Bursary

With the 67th Wexford Festival Opera in full swing, Wexford soprano Maria Hughes and Dublin tenor, Richard Shaffrey, are announced as the 2018 PwC/Wexford Festival Opera ‘Emerging Young Artist’ bursary winners.  This initiative serves to support and celebrate Ireland’s Emerging Young Artists from the opera world and helps to contribute towards the many costs associated with furthering their careers.

Soprano Maria Hughes from Gorey Co. Wexford is making her third appearance at the Festival. This year she will perform in three main evening operas, L’oracolo by Leoni and Mala vita by Giordano as well as taking on the role of Miss Copeland in the European premiere of Dinner at Eight by William Bolcom.

Tenor Richard Shaffrey, a native of Dublin, will perform the role of Un Messo in the Mercadante opera II bravo as well as singing the role of Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West by Puccini, part of the ShortWorks daytime opera programme.

Wexford Festival Opera Artistic Director, David Agler, said of the two singers, “With a reputation as an international festival which attracts audiences and critics from around the globe, Wexford Festival Opera is an important platform in which to showcase the best emerging talent and is a key part of our mission.  We are delighted to partner with PwC in the nurturing of young talent.It is my honour to award these two very promising young singers who are making a great contribution to the 2018 Wexford Festival company.”

Also speaking at the announcement, Jean Delaney, Tax Partner, PwC, said, “Having the right skills is critical for success and PwC has a strong history of championing talent development.  We are proud to partner with Wexford Festival Opera for another three years on this exciting initiative.

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The 67th Wexford Festival Opera is supported by grants from the Arts Council, Wexford County Council and Fáilte Ireland/Ireland’s Ancient East.