Music lovers in Tipperary and surrounding areas are indeed in for a treat on Friday and Saturday 13th and 14th September next when Gaudeamus Productions, present ‘World of Operetta’, a concert performance of the wonderful music from The Merry Widow,
The Desert Song, The New Moon, The Student Prince, The Gypsy Baron and Die Fledermaus, in the Excel Theatre, Tipperary town.
Tipperary’s Emma Walsh returns home from London as guest soprano for the production. Emma began her training with Olive Cowpar has been the recipient of numerous awards and bursaries throughout the country including; The Capuchin Order Perpetual Trophy and Bursary at Feis Maitiu, Cork and Voice of the Feis at Feile Luimni, Limerick. She was also awarded Best Female Singer at the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera two consecutive years (2005 and 2006) and won the AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) Best Female Singer Award in 2004. Emma won RTE’s All Ireland Talent Showcase at the National Concert Hall, Dublin in 2007 and was awarded Tipp Fm’s Arts Bursary in 2008.
Emma studies singing with Prof. Susan Waters and has recently been accepted to study with the world renowned tenor Dennis O’Neill at Wales International Academy of Voice. She has also been accepted to train at the prestigious Associated Studios in London.
Recent roles/works include; Pamina (cover) in The Magic Flute (Mozart), Nevill Holt Opera, London, Soprano soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana with The Jubilate Choir, London, Manon in Massenet’s Manon and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte with The Guildhall Opera School, London, Gianetta in The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan with Festival Productions, Dublin.
Emma was the soprano soloist in Gaudeamus Productions’ recent concert version of The Irish Ring. She has sung with Limerick Choral Union and the Tipperary Millennium Orchestra on a number of occasions and most recently took the soprano solo in Handel’s Messiah that was performed for the President of Ireland, Dr. Michael D. Higgins.
Emma has had masterclasses with many wonderful coaches/conductors including; Graham Johnson, Jane Robinson (ENO), Peter Robinson (BYO), Sarah Walker, Jane Manning, Eugene Asti, Richard Jackson, Mark Shanahan (NOS), Brian MacKay (IVM and Zezere Arts Festival) and Will Kerley.
Future engagements include Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus (Strauss) and Mimi in La Bohme (Puccini) with Associated Studios London and solo recitals at St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square and St James’s Church, Picadilly, London.
Emma will be joined by Derek Ryan and John Murphy, two outstanding singers who will take on the other two principal roles in The World of Operetta, supported by soloists and a chorus drawn from the cream of Tipperary, Thurles and Clonmel Musical Societies, together with a full orchestra under Conductor/Musical Director Danny Carroll ably assisted by Musical Director/Repetiteur Mary Rose McNally. The Narrator will be Michael O’Donoghue who also devised and is the producer of the production.
Founded two years ago by Michael O’Donoghue, Danny Carroll and Mary Rose McNally, Gaudeamus Productions’ initial project was a concert performance of The Irish Ring Operas which was a resounding success when initially performed in the Excel Theatre and again last year when presented in Clonmel.
Tickets on sale now at the Excel Theatre Box Office (062)80520.