Castleward Opera

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Castleward Opera was a Northern Ireland opera company which staged an annual opera festival at Castle Ward, a National Trust House near Strangford in County Down. It was founded in 1985 by Ian Urwin and Jack Smith, with performances taking place in a converted stable on the grounds of the castle. Following the cut to its core funding by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the festival saw its final opera performances in June 2009 and in September 2010 held two gala farewell concerts of highlights from the company's 25-year history.[1] In January 2010, a new venture, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, was proposed—Opera Company NI—which the Arts Council said would "incorporate the best resources from Castleward Opera and Opera Fringe".[2]

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  1. ^ Spackman (6 September 2010)
  2. ^ Arts Council of Northern Ireland (26 January 2010)

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