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Saturday 17 August 2019

Teenage stars of the opera

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TWO County Wexford teenagers are about to make their professional debut on the main stage at Wexford Festival Opera.

Stephanie Kinsella (13) from Palace, Enniscorthy and Jack Power, also 13 of Adamstown have won singing roles in ' A Village Romeo and Juliet' by Frederick Delius.

Artistic Director David Agler decided to begin his casting search in Wexford before looking further afield.

Children from all over the county took part in open auditions that involved rigorous singing and acting skills.

' The roles in this opera are very demanding for such a young age but having heard many young singers in local choirs, I felt that we should at least begin our search here,' he said.

'We discovered that we could have cast the roles three times over, such was the quality of the talent, ' he added.

Both children are in secondary school in New Ross and have some experience performing but this is their first time to obtain professional roles.

Stephanie and Jack will spend the next month rehearsing along with artists from 14 different countries who arrived in Wexford on Sunday morning to prepare for this year's festival which opens on Wednesday, October 24.

The Wexford production of 'A Village Romeo and Juliet' marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of British composer Frederick Delius and is considered to be his finest opera.

In the first scene, the main characters appear in their childhood and will be played by Stephanie and Jack.

It is a passionate tale of forbidden love with music that depicts the defencelessness and innocence of youth.

The opera festival will run until November 4.

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