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Classical Notes: Youth is no setback as soprano scoops €15,000 prize

Described as one of Ireland’s most brilliant singers, soprano Ava Dodd, who is just 21 years old, is the recipient of the RDS Music Bursary

26th July, 2020
Ava Dodd: the 21-year-old soprano has won the annual €15,000 RDS Music Bursary. Picture: Orla Murray

It wasn’t a shock. It wasn’t a surprise. But, nevertheless, it was unexpected. Dublin soprano Ava Dodd seemed far too young to scoop an award as big and prestigious as the annual €15,000 RDS Music Bursary. But she has just done so, and the RIAM student is just 21 years old. The award is one of the biggest of its kind in Europe.

Dodd’s precocious talent has been well flagged in the...

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