Music and Reviews from Clare, Limerick, Waterford and sometimes further afield

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Preview: Summer Song Recitals

Several appealing song recitals merit attention this week.

Love, Actually: Mezzo soprano Rachel Kelly appears as part of the Summer lunchtime series at the NCH accompanied by the RTE Symphony Orchestra. The Dublin  mezzo is getting a lot of exposure to London audiences as one of the JP young artists at the Royal Opera House. She appears in the cast for Il Duo Foscari with Placido Domingo in October.  There have been glowing reviews and she is heavily tipped as one to watch . Great value at €10 and if you can't make in person you can listen live on RTE LyricFM to the programme of arias by Mozart, Rossini Offenbach and Guonod.

Kathleen Ferrier A Life in Music: Also at the NCH, on Wednesday evening , the Irish Songmakers present  Raphaela Mangan and Niall Kinsella in a reprise of their 2012 programme of repertoire associated with the iconic English contralto,  Ferrier whose brief but brilliant career was cut short by untimely death. A taster of what you can expect here .

Finally Sean Boylan is in Ennis in the lovely neo Gothic interior of St Columba's Church  as part of the Classical Thursday Summer song recital series hosted by soprano Helen Houlihan.  We enjoyed hearing  Sean in the Mid West Opera production of Riders to the Sea in Kilkenny recently. The young baritone  will be accompanied by Tham Horng Kent. Programme includes songs by Schubert, Duparc, Quilter and Herbert Hughs.

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