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

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Irish Opera Singers in Munich


Click on the link above to Liz Nolan's wonderfully insightful interview with mezzo soprano Tara Erraught in the Sunday World of Song slot on RTE LyricFM .  As Nolan herself put it-'Erraught is a  highly perceptive commentator on her art and milieu'.

Ms Erraught is the guest soloist in an opera gala with RTE NSO on Friday at the NCH. The concert will be broadcast live. I travelled to hear her perform with the same orchestra recently in an oddly balanced programme. My review here 

Dean Power Jonas Kaufman

I experienced at first hand some of the inner workings of the Munich Opera House myself recently when I interviewed tenor Dean Power in January backstage. That piece appeared in the Irish Examiner in February  and you can read it here . I think it has been the most widely shared piece of the two dozen or so pieces filed.

Ms Erraught made light of the trials of travelleing and being away from home. I wondered about the generation of opera singers who made careers for themselves in Europe before there were daily flights to Irish airports . One such singer is John O Flynn, a bass from Cork returned from Munich to contribute much  to Irish musical life as director of the Irish Operatic Repertory Co. 

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