Young Gifted and Back in Ennis in 2012
Tonight The Ensemble West Side Story Bernstein Niall Gallagher Ruth Kelly
Excerpt inc. O Mio Babbino Caro Gianni Schicchi Puccini Ruth Kelly Cian Brady
Violin Duet (aria) Orpheus in the Underworld Offenbach Ferghal Curtis /Clare Treacy
Love Unspoken Lehar The Merry Widow Ferghal Curtis / Niamh Abbey
What is this Feeling Wicked Schwartz Lindsay Curtain / Tara McSwiney
A'Amour est un oiseau rebelle Carmen Bizet Katelyn Galvin
Che Faro Sensa Euridice Gluck Jonathan Gannon
La Ci Darem La Mano Don Giovanni Mozart David Howes /Ciara McMackin
Papagaeno Papagaena Duet Magic Flute Alex Otterburn/Ciara McMackin
Anvil Chorus Il Trovatore Verdi
One Day More Les Miserables Schonberg
Jets and Sharks Ruth Kelly as Maria centre
Ennis native Ruth Kelly played the role of Lauretta, daughter of Gianni Schicchi straight rather than as a manipulative young madam wrapping her father around her little finger. In the violin duet aria , Orpheus (Ferghal Curtis) pretends to play his latest '75-minute 'concerto' and completely ignores his wife's pleas for him to stop. Revenge indeed for Eurydice's unfaithfulness. It was in Gluck's Orfeo that we had one of the most remarkable of the evening's voices. I have heard three renditions of Che Faro in Clare in the last ten days (exceeded only by a certain French operatic carol) but wonderful as Maeve Cairney's version en francais and mezzo soprano Edel O Brien's Italian, version nothing evokes the spirit of the grief quite like high register male voice. Countertenor Jonathan Gannon was an exciting new voice that I expect we will hear a lot more of with Baroque opera much in vogue. The baritone, David Howes has appeared in these pages before when he impressed in a performance of Puccini's Messe di Gloria with Limerick Choral Union. His duet with Ciara McMackin was really charming, the same young lady partnering Alex Otterburn in a nimble and lively Papageno's Duet . Katelyn Galvin caused quite a frisson among audience and cast with her sultry tones as the feisty Spanish seductress , Carmen.
The company had the services of two excellent accompanists, Maria Geheran and Adam McDonagh. I had a chat with Maria following the performance who spoke about the pleasure of being part of an ensemble experience with piano playing more often than not being a solitary pursuit. Maria is a student of Padraig O'Cuinnegáin no stranger to Ennis audiences and who recently accompanied Regina Nathan in her Ennis recital Into the Light .
|Dublin Youth Opera Co. Ferghal Curtis centre 'Violin Concerto'|