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Gemma ready to wow in ‘unmissable’ opera

Brian McNamee and Gemma Prince who will be singing in the Grand Opera House production of The Flying Dutchman. INTT0613-054X

Brian McNamee and Gemma Prince who will be singing in the Grand Opera House production of The Flying Dutchman. INTT0613-054X

A DUNGANNON singer will join opera stars, Bruno Caproni and Giselle Allen, in a fascinating production of Wagner’s masterpiece, The Flying Dutchman, in mid-February.

Gemma Prince described the opera, which will be staged at The Grand Opera House in Belfast, as “an amazing spectacle”.

One of the grandest of grand operas, The Flying Dutchman is billed as “a feast for the eyes and ears, marrying thrilling drama and gorgeously romantic music”.

On a very stormy night, a Norwegian sea captain encounters the Flying Dutchman – a ghostly sea captain doomed to sail the seas for all eternity.

The two men strike a deal, but when things do not go according to plan, other lives are pulled into the resulting maelstrom.

Director Oliver Mears said: “It’s fantastic to have such a large chorus of brilliant singers from all over the country. This is going to be an unmissable, spectacular production, and hopefully the matinee performance on Sunday February 17th will allow people from all over Northern Ireland to travel to Belfast and see it.”

Gemma, a soprano, is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where she studied with Lynne Dawson.

The Dungannon starlet, who has sung in master classes with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Malcolm Martineau, Paul Farrington and Marie McLoughlin, will also share the Grand Opera House stage with Brian McNamee from Omagh.

The pair will appear as part of a 60-strong chorus, sharing the limelight with established opera stars including Bruno Caproni and Giselle Allen.

Gemma said of her role: “I’m really excited about singing in The Flying Dutchman. It’s an incredible opera and an amazing spectacle, and it will be great to see friends and family at the Grand Opera House supporting us.”

There will be two performances of The Flying Dutchman, on February 15th at 7.15pm and February 17th at 2pm.

The production is directed by Oliver Mears and designed by Simon Holdsworth, with Nicholas Chalmers conducting the Ulster Orchestra.

 
 
 

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