To commemorate the 800th anniversary of the founding of Boyle Abbey we are delighted to be staging this special gala concert in the grounds of Boyle Abbey with the Harlequin Opera Company, comprising Sandra Oman, soprano, Deirdre Masterson, mezzo soprano, Patrick Hyland, tenor,
Robert McAllister, bass-baritone accompanied by David Wray, will perform a selection of arias, duets and ensembles from all the popular operas, including the Act 3 quartet from La Bohème .
Considered one of the finest sopranos of her generation, Dublin-born soprano Sandra Oman was the 2004 recipient of the Margaret Burke Sheridan Memorial Award for excellence in the field of opera. Born in the Liberties, Dublin, this Number One Selling Recording Artist graduated from the DIT Conservatory of Music, Dublin with the Ely O’Carroll Gold Medal, the Conservatory’s highest award. She later studied with the legendary La Scala soprano, Graziella Sciutti, and her husband, vocal coach Conor Farren.
Deirdre Masterson currently acts as Performing Arts Dean for Irish American University and director of The Irish College of Music Theatre. A native from Gorey Co. Wexford, Deirdre started her music studies at a young age in the Wexford School of music under the direction of Alan Cutts. She made her Wexford International Opera Festival debut at the tender age of twelve playing the part of the “spirit,” in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. A founding member of “The Irish Sopranos,” Deirdre has performed to sell out tours on both sides of the Atlantic over the last decade and enjoyed chart success with both their album releases “A Time for Us,” and “Believe.” Deirdre is a featured artist on many recordings including “Faith of our Fathers,” “Who fears to speak,” and her own album entitled “My Song”
Patrick Hyland studied with Dr Veronica Dunne at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.Patrick as a finalist was awarded The Dermot Troy Prize for the best overall Irish singer at the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition in 2016. He has been a member of the Glyndebourne Opera Festival Company Chorus (2012 & 2013). Oratorio performances include The dream of Gerontius, The Creation, Stabat Mater and The Messiah. He is a former Opera Theatre Young Associate Artist and a co founder of Irish Opera Artists
Robert McAllister is now in his final year of Recital Artist Programme at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, studying with Dr Veronica Dunne and répétiteur Dr Dearbhla Collins. Operatic roles with RIAM include Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Bottom in Purcell’s Fairy Queen and Pluto in Monteverdi’s Il Ballo delle Ingrate. Concert highlights include solo performances with the RTÉ NSO, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Staatskapelle Halle, Marlborough Baroque, Degani Symphonia, and Orlando Chamber Orchestra.
Prizes and Scholarships include: 1st prize in the Maura Dowdall Senior Concerto Competition in RIAM, 1st prize in Irené Sandford Bursary for singers in RIAM, 1st prize in James Cuthbert Bass Solo Cup in Feis Ceoil, 1st prize in Dramatic Cup in Feis Ceoil 2017, 1st prize in Young Cup in ESB Feis Ceoil, Count John McCormack Award, ‘Plec Pick’ Irish classical artist of 2017 (GoldenPlec).
David Wray trained at Lancaster University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He has since worked as a pianist and musical director and arranger in the fields of Opera and Musical Theatre. David is currently Artistic & Musical Director for Opera in the Open, Dublin, The Three Irish Tenors, The Irish Sopranos and Druid.
Please bring blankets or low backed seating
Our thanks to OPW for facilitating this event