Northern Ireland Opera’s Glenarm Festival of the Voice Names 2022 Winner

By David Salazar

Tenor Owen Lucas has been named the winner of the Northern Ireland Opera’s 12th Glenarm Festival of the Voice.

The tenor took home the Deborah Voigt Opera Prize and the Audience prize, which is sponsored by The Londonberry Arms, Carnlough. Meanwhile, soprano Hannah O’Brien earned the Song Prize, which is sponsored by The Priests Charitable Trust.

The final round of the competition saw singers spend three days with such opera coaches as Kathryn Harries, Dr. Ingrid Surgenor, and pianist Simon Lepper preparing a wide range of repertory. They then performed for a live audience in a concert hosted by broadcaster Sean Rafferty.

“The music making in Glenarm this weekend has been superlative. Five of this island’s most promising young opera voices have had the opportunity to work with several of the top coaches in the opera world, and hear BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists in recital,” said Dame Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle, Vice Chair of NI Opera and member of the judging panel, in an official press statement. “NI Opera’s commitment to nurturing this talent is as strong in the festival’s twelfth year as ever. We look forward to our return in 2023.”