Wexford Festival Opera in association with PwC has announced details of a new arts initiative to support and celebrate Ireland’s emerging young artists in the opera world.

The award gives two emerging young Irish opera singers a bursary to help contribute towards the many costs associated with furthering their careers.

The two artists are Dublin Soprano Rachel Croash and Connemara Baritone Rory Musgrave.

Both have already collected an array of accolades reflecting their talent and both recipients have performed previously with Wexford Festival Opera.

They were selected based on their past performances at the festival and their development as artists.

“We are delighted to welcome PwC to our portfolio of corporate partners. Leadership and investment from strong corporate partners such as PwC makes new and exciting artistic endeavours possible,” said Wexford Festival Opera chief executive David McLoughlin.

“Providing a platform for the best emerging talent on the national and international stage is a key part of the Wexford Festival Opera mission and it is hugely appropriate for PwC to partner with Wexford Festival Opera in the nurturing of young talent by supporting Rachel’s and Rory’s careers.”

Tax partner at PwC Jean Delaney added: “We have a strong legacy of championing talent development both in our own business and in our support of the arts and we are proud to partner with Wexford Festival Opera on this exciting initiative.”