Introduction to the World of Opera in Malahide Library

As part of Bord Gáis’ READISCOVER Your Local Library Malahide Library will host An Introduction to the World of Opera by the Opera Theatre Company on Thursday March the 23rd @7pm. Please register your interest at the desk as places are limited.
Benjamin Russell is a fourth year music student at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, where he studies with Sylvia O’ Reegan will be accompanied by a narrator and a pianist. This show will be a hugely entertaining mixture of singing and operatic background stories with piano accompaniment by David Bremner.
Benjamin is the winner of the RIAM Irené Sandford Award for Singers competition 2011, and winner of the Baritone Solo, Duet competition, Mahler Cup and Young Cup in the national Feis Ceoil, Dublin. Later this year he will be performing the role of Junius in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia. Benjamin’s roles include Dancairo in Carmen (Lismore Music Festival), title role in a new adaptation of Gluck’s Orpheus (Cork Opera House), Private Willis in the Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe and he took part in the English Song course and the Mozart Opera scenes course last Summer, where he performed the role of Figaro, as part of the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme in Aldebugh, Suffolk. Recent competition successes include finalist in the Veronica Dunne International Singing competition 2010, where he also received the Joan Sutherland prize for ‘Most Promising Singer’, semifinalist and prizewinner in the International Vocal Competition (IVC 2010) in s’Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.