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Saturday 27 December 2014

Dame Kiri stage date is the prize for singers

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Kiri Te Kanawa

Five young singing sensations are set to unleash their vocal talent for a chance to perform alongside one of the world's most famous opera singers.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is set to sing at a special one-off concert in the Ulster Hall as part of the Belfast Festival at Queen's in October - and one lucky young singer will get the chance to show off his or her skills alongside the New Zealand soprano.

In opera's answer to the X Factor, Sarah Richmond, from Carrickfergus, Ben McAteer, from Newry, Lynda-Jane Workman, from Coleraine, Rachel Kelly, from Dublin, and John Porter, from Lifford, will battle it out to win a place on stage with Dame Kiri.

The competition will be held in Glenarm from September 9-11 as part of NI Opera's Festival of Voice.

The five hopefuls will compete in a grand final on September 11 for a top prize of £2,000 and the chance to sing with Dame Kiri.

A panel of experts - including singer Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle, conductor Nic Chalmers, opera singer Kathryn Harries and pianist Iain Burnside - will judge their skills and then announce the lucky winner.

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