Showcasing the Irish opera stars of the future

Showcasing the Irish opera stars of the future

IRISH Heritage, the voluntary arts organisation founded in London in 1974 to promote Irish and Anglo-Irish literature, music and drama, has announced its next event, Irish Opera Stars of the Future.

The concert is part of Irish Heritage’s key role of promoting young Irish musicians and Irish composers.

Taking place on Thursday, February 12, in Bolivar Hall, Grafton Way, W1T 5DL, the show features the line-up of Kelley Lonergan (soprano) and Jessica Costelloe (mezzo-soprano) with Tim Short (piano).

The trio, along with Irish Heritage’s artistic director Jean Kelly, have chosen a wide range of arias from popular operas, as well as songs by well-known composers plus some beautiful traditional Irish airs.

Kelley is a graduate of CIT Cork School of Music and winner of several major awards in Ireland, including the 2013 RDS Music Bursary. She is currently a young Associate Artist with Opera Theatre Company in Ireland.

Jessica, whose family moved to London in 1999, is a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School of Music, New York. In 2014 she was again invited to be a Young Artist for Garsington Opera, Wormsley and has been offered a contract for the 2015 season with Grange Park Opera.


Tim Short is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and teaches and performs in London.

In order to continue its high standard of promoting Irish culture, the newly formed Heritage Artistic Advisory Panel will assist Jean Kelly in identifying the finest emerging Irish musicians for inclusion in future events in London and in promoting the work of outstanding Irish musicians internationally.

The new panel includes many prestigious names from the world of music including John Gilhooly OBE, Director of Wigmore Hall, and Deborah Kelleher, Director of the Royal Irish Academy.

Tickets to Irish Opera Stars of the Future: £15. (Students £5 if booked online) including wine reception and programme