An Outstanding Opera Gala

FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY, 2018

An Outstanding Opera Gala

FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY, 2018

Join us for an evening of outstanding Opera and Song

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An evening of opera and song curated by the director of Wide Open Opera and Opera Theatre Company, Fergus Shiel who has brought together six singers, who really are the at the top of emerging Irish talent, for an evening of celebrated and much-loved opera pieces.

Performing arias, duos, trios and ensembles, they will be accompanied by Andrew Synnott on piano. One not to miss – book your tickets in advance.

This is a great opportunity for the Drogheda Classical Music Series to engage with what will be Ireland’s new national opera company.

We welcome Fergus Sheil back to host a greatly anticipated evening with six of Ireland’s next big operatic stars, including Muireann Mulrooney (soprano) Amy Ní Fhearraigh (soprano) Carolyn Holt (mezzo) Andrew Gavin (tenor) Cormac Lawlor (baritone) and Rob McAllister (bass baritone).

Performing arias, duos, trios and ensembles, we welcome six of Ireland's next big operatic stars

Performing arias, duos, trios and ensembles, we welcome six of Ireland's next big operatic stars

Performing arias, duos, trios and ensembles, we welcome six of Ireland's next big operatic stars

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MUIREANN MULROONEY – SOPRANO

Kilkenny native, Muireann Mulrooney is a young artist on the prestigious Opera Works programme at English National Opera in London.

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She studied for the degree of Master in Music Performance with Colette McGahon-Tosh and Mairead Hurley in Dublin. She has performed many roles with Irish and UK opera companies.

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AMY NÍ FHEARAIGH – SOPRANO

Amy graduated from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where she continues to study voice with Sinéad Campbell-Wallace.

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She has won many competitions at national level and recently made her debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. She has sung many roles in operas and given concerts across Ireland.

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ANDREW GAVIN – TENOR

Kilkenny native, Muireann Mulrooney is a young artist on the prestigious Opera Works programme at English National Opera in London.

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She studied for the degree of Master in Music Performance with Colette McGahon-Tosh and Mairead Hurley in Dublin. She has performed many roles with Irish and UK opera companies.

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CORMAC LAWLOR – BERITONE

Cormac is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music where he studied under Veronica Dunne.

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Cormac is currently studying under Judith Mok and recently completed a term as a Young Associated Artist with Opera Theatre Company in Dublin before going on to work with companies such as NI Opera, Glyndebourne Opera Festival and Opera Holland Park.

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ROB MCALLISTER – BASS BARITONE

A student of Veronica Dunne at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

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Robert’s rich vocal presence has already attracted attention for his performance as Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. In November 2016, he won first prize in the prestigious Irene Sandford Singing Competition.

CAROLYN HOLT – MEZZO

Carolyn Holt recently graduated with Distinction and a DipRAM for outstanding performance from the Royal Academy of Music London, and is now studying Opera at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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Carolyn has performed with Opera Theatre Company and Wide Open Opera and was a finalist and winner of the Audience Prize at NI Opera’s Festival of Voice 2017. Carolyn is a regular winner in competitions both at home and abroad, including the inaugural Irish Heritage Bursary, The Trench Award and Bursary and a number of prizes at the ESB Feis Ceoil. Carolyn has performed internationally in a number of roles and is in demand as a recitalist and soloist.

Carolyn is generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

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Fergus Sheil conducted as to the manor born, paced the music with sensitive care, secured near-perfect balances between voices and orchestra, and coaxed from the RTÉ NSO some of the finest playing ever heard from them in the opera pit.

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The Irish Times

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Book tickets

Book tickets for this concert through the Droichead website using the link below.

Alternatively, you can pop into the Droichead Arts Centre box office in person on Stockwell Street or call the box office on 0419875140

Our tickets are great value and even include a free drink at the interval.

WHEN

Friday 16th February 2018
Pre-concert talk 7pm, concert start 7.30pm

WHERE

St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland

TICKETS

From €19 in advance
€17 concessions, €5 student/children

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