Ensemble Marsyas & Sharon Carty

FRIDAY 8 SEPTEMBER, 2017

Ensemble Marsyas & Sharon Carty

FRIDAY 8 SEPTEMBER, 2017

An evening with this sensational ensemble

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Direct from the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival, the sensational Ensemble Marsyas with mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty and Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn) under the direction of the dynamic Peter Whelan will perform a concert of famous early operatic works including Handel’s masterpieces ‘Va Tacito’ and ‘Verdi Prati’.

Don’t miss the chance to hear the story of Tenducci through many of Handel’s best known and loved arias.

The concert will be based on works made famous by the Italian superstar castratro, Tenducci.

Giusto Fernando Tenducci was born in Siena in c.1736 and went on to become one of the major castratri singers of the time with a successful career across the leading Italian opera houses. He later toured Ireland and caused a massive scandal when he eloped with an aristocratic Irish lady. He was jailed in Cork when they caught him but he escaped and travelled to Edinburgh with his new wife… who was by then pregnant!

Hear the story of Tenducci through many of Handel’s best known and loved arias

Hear the story of Tenducci through many of Handel’s best known and loved arias

Hear the story of Tenducci through many of Handel’s best known and loved arias

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PETER WHELAN – DIRECTOR

Peter Whelan is a versatile musician, with a diverse repertoire. He is in constant demand as a bassoonist, director, chamber musician and teacher.

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He is the founder and artistic director of Ensemble Marsyas. Directing from the harpsichord, Peter has led Ensemble Marsyas in performances at the Wigmore Hall, Dublin Castle and at the Lammermuir and Great Music in Irish Houses Festivals. Peter has a particular passion for exploring and championing neglected and forgotten music of the baroque era.

Sharon Carty
SHARON CARTY – MEZZO-SOPRANO

Winner of the RAAP/RTÉ Lyric FM Classical Breakthrough Music Bursary, Irish mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty has been described as ‘quite simply sensational’ by critics.

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Her opera repertoire includes roles such as Cherubino, Ariodante, Hansel, Dorabella and Sesto. Sharon enjoys a busy concert schedule of chamber music, lieder and oratorio with numerous ensembles and orchestras at home and abroad. The 2017/2018 season includes debuts in Moscow with Musica Viva, Amsterdam with the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, and London with The Second Violinist. Next season will also see the DVD release of La Traviata live in Hannover with the NDR Radiophilharmonie.

Sharon Carty
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ALEC FRANK-GEMMILL – HORN

Principal Horn of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Alec Frank-Gemmill divides his time between concertos, recitals, chamber music and orchestral playing.

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He made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2013 and has since performed as a soloist at numerous festivals. He was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme 2014-16 and is also the recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship. Alec is Professor of Horn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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Such overwhelmingly beautiful music that one cannot help but to fall in love at first sight.

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Crescendo Magazine

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Such overwhelmingly beautiful music that one cannot help but to fall in love at first sight.

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Crescendo Magazine

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