Cara O’Sullivan, Ireland’s greatest star of Opera, Oratorio, Musical stage and the Concert Hall, is making an eagerly-awaited return to Waterford City on Friday, December 14 at 7.30 pm at The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Barronstrand Street.
In what promises to be an unmissable night’s entertainment, we can also look forward to hearing the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society, a combined choir of The Waterford Larks and The Waterford Boy Singers, and, to complete the line-up, we have the wonderful local violinist, Aisling Douris.
The concert is being held in aid of that worthiest of charities, the Edmund Rice Centre at Mount Sion. What a wealth of talent in one concert! Cara O’Sullivan’s career has seen her perform in many of the most prestigious operahouses in the world. She is now at the height of her vocal powers and 2012 has seen her in a huge range of events: in “I Pagliacci”, that ever-popular Leoncavallo opera, Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas”, at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, a Titanic commemoration concert in Cobh, Handel’s “Messiah” at The Grand Canal Theatre and she sang and acted the role of the Reverend Mother in “The Sound of Music” as if to the manner born.
Br Philip Ryan, a Tipperary man who admits to having a great ‘gra’ for Waterford and who is doing sterling work as a tireless manager of the Edmund Rice Centre, spoke of the constant need to raise funds for the Centre, which provides a ‘home’ for up to 100 groups annually:
“We cater for over 100 community groups and it would be fair to say that 98% of those groups don’t have a base of their own ... The Stroke Support Group, Down Syndrome Ireland, AA Waterford, AWARE, Waterford Animal Welfare, are just some of the organisations who come here for their gatherings”, he said.
Tickets (€20) from: The Theatre Royal 051 874402; The Edmund Rice Centre 051 874390; Albert McGrath, Newsagent, Dungarvan; Conor Lannen, The Country Store Dungarvan.