Popular Tipperary singer Derek Ryan is one of the star attractions in ‘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.
Derek, one of the principal soloists in the production and a native of Clonoulty, studied singing with Dr. Veronica Dunne and Ms. Jeanne Reddin at the Leinster School of Music in Dublin and has sung to great acclaim, in some of the most famous theatres around the globe, including Carnegie Hall.
Derek joined Tipperary Musical Society in 2004 for The Yeomen of the Guard in which he played Sergeant Merrill and for which he won Best Male Singer at the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera. He has played numerous roles with both Tipperary Musical Society and St. Mary’s Choral Society when he made his debut with Clonmel as The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance in 2005, which earned him a Best Male Singer Nomination from the Waterford Festival.
Since then, Derek has delighted Clonmel and Tipperary audiences in his many appearances in musical theatre productions and concerts and also his appearances with the Tipperary Millennium Orchestra.
Derek is currently studying in London with the renowned vocal coach Robert Bicknell and has produced a number of his own CD’s. In 2007 he was awarded Best Male Performer at the prestigious Buxton Festival in England. Also in 2007, Derek appeared as a soloist in Opera Ireland’s Dead Man Walking to great acclaim.
Tipperary native Emma Walsh and Mitchelstown’s John Murphy, two outstanding singers 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.
Booking now open at the Excel Theatre Box Office (062)80520 for the shows on September 13 and 14.