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<i>IRELAND 100:</i> Tara Erraught and Anthony Kearns in Concert

IRELAND 100: Tara Erraught and Anthony Kearns in Concert

Monday, May 23, 2016 7:00 PM

IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture

Two of Ireland's world-class opera singers--mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught, fresh from WNO's Cinderella, and tenor Anthony Kearns, a member of the famed Irish Tenors--come together for a soaring concert.

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IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture
Tara Erraught and Anthony Kearns in Concert

Enjoy a soaring concert featuring two world-class opera singers: mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught, fresh from Washington National Opera's Cinderella, and tenor Anthony Kearns, a member of the famed Irish Tenors. Opera News calls Erraught "a bright star in her guild" with "some of the cleanest coloratura in the game," while the Irish Times says Kearns has "real vocal appeal… rising to each decisive moment with quality to spare." The performance will feature pianists Deirdre Brenner and Jonathan Laird.

Praised for her rich voice, expansive range and appealing stage presence, Irish-born mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught has been called "a true rising star" by the press. Her international stature has continued to grow since she stepped in on five-days' notice, learning the role of Romeo in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Bayerische Staatsoper in 2011, her performance winning worldwide acclaim. In the seasons since, Ms. Erraught has sung a world premiere, made her US opera debut, numerous role debuts, and successfully toured North America twice. Tara made her US debut in May 2015 playing the title role in the Washington National Opera's production of Cinderella. A native of Dundalk, Ireland, Tara Erraught is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, where she studied, and continues to study, with the acclaimed Royal Opera soprano Veronica Dunne. A resident principal soloist with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich since 2010 (she was a member of the company's opera studio from 2008 – 2010), Ms. Erraught also works with famed German mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbaender, expanding her lieder and opera repertoire.

Renowned tenor Anthony Kearns took the American television audience by storm in 1999 as a member of the wildly popular group, The Irish Tenors. His international solo career includes high-profile celebrity engagements, television appearances, concert tours, and collaborations with the finest orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the Chicagoland Pops, Grand Rapids (MI) Pops, and the National Symphony Orchestra at the 2014 National Memorial Day Concert.

Mr. Kearns made his official U.S. Grand Opera debut as the lead tenor in the role of "Edgardo" in Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Naples [Florida]. Since then, he has starred as: "Don José" in the Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown Glasthule Opera Company's production of Georges Bizet's Carmen; the lead tenor with the Royal Dublin Society in The Lily of Killarney(part of "The Irish Ring" trilogy) which toured North America; the lead tenor for "Don Ottavio," in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Lismore Music Festival; and "Alfred" in a concert-staged performance of Johann Strauss' operetta, Die Fledermaus by the Emerald City [Steamboat Springs, CO] OperaUpon moving to the U.S., Kearns returned to Opera Naples as the lead tenor in Charles Gounod's Faust, a role he also performed with Opera Ireland (nominated for best production in the Irish Times Theater Awards). Other roles include "Fenton" in Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff (in Montepulciano, Italy) and "Nemorino" in Donizetti's most performed opera, L'elisir d'amore, with Gulfshore Opera in Naples, FL among others.

Kearns has performed in the most prestigious venues around the world, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. He has performed for three U.S. presidents and for Pope Francis at a pre-Mass Concert in Philadelphia.  He recently released his first solo album, With a Song in My Heart.

Watch and Listen

IRELAND 100 Festival Trailer