Bláthnaid Nicholson, soprano & Stephen Walker, tenor
Bláthnaid Nicholson is a 22-year-old soprano from Leixlip, Co. Kildare. Since finishing both a BA Music & Drama and Bachelor of Music degrees in University College Dublin, she has dedicated herself to the art of performance under the tutelage of Colette McGahon-Tosh. Bláthnaid is a multi-prize winner, most recently winning The Marchant Cup and The Veronica Dunne Operatic Ensemble alongside her peers and has been commended on her performance of lieder at the 2022 Feis Ceoil. Bláthnaid also has a wealth of experience in choral performance, being the recipient of a choral scholarship with The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin and most notably featuring on their album Perpetual Twilight with Signum Records. Having previously performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, New York and The National Concert Hall, Dublin, she has since gone on to work with leading conductors with The National Symphony Orchestra in Wallace’s Lurline and in Blackwater Valley Opera Festival’s most recent production, Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.
Stephen Walker is a young tenor from Ireland studying with Dr Robert Alderson. He recently completed his undergraduate degree in music at the TU Dublin Conservatoire. Stephen is fortunate to have had many opportunities to perform in productions and concerts in Ireland and the UK. He recently represented Ireland in the Romantic National Song Network concert series held in Glasgow, Scotland, and is a featured artist on the Network’s website.
Stephen is a multi-prize winner at various competitions. Recent success include the Dermot Troy Trophy for Oratorio singing in 2022, and the Tenor Solo and Count John McCormack Bursary in 2019, all at the Feis Ceoil.
Recent notable achievements include being accepted to work with the Glyndebourne Academy for young singers in Glyndebourne Opera in 2021 and performing in the Chorus of Gluck’s Orfeo at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival.