Blackwater Valley Opera Festival 2019

Songs of Erin and Gems of Irish Opera

Salterbridge House - Monday June 3rd - 12 Noon


The Great Houses of the Blackwater Valley Recitals Series 2019

Recollections of Ireland

Curated by Una Hunt

This year’s festival proudly presents a series of recitals exclusively devoted to Irish music – Recollections of Ireland – curated by Una Hunt. As one of Ireland’s leading concert pianists, Una Hunt has spent a lifetime in researching and promoting the music of historic Irish composers to new audiences around the world. She has curated numerous concerts and events and continues to present unknown Irish repertoire at prominent international festivals such as Wexford Festival Opera and in many of the world’s leading concert venues, including Carnegie Hall. Una set up the first-ever digital archive of historic Irish composers and has compiled an extensive discography of world-premiere CD recordings and award-winning documentary features on Ireland’s neglected musical heritage. So, it’s time to explore and rediscover lost and forgotten works in a uniquely informative and entertaining way. This series of three recitals takes place in three of the Great Houses of the Blackwater Valley; Cappoquin House, Salterbridge House and Tourin House.


Rachel Kelly and Gavan Ring sing accompanied by Una Hunt on piano
A classic collection of songs from Ireland by Charles Villiers Stanford, Herbert Hughes, James Lynam Molloy, Hamilton Harty, Ina Boyle, T.C. Kelly and Bernadette Marmion is partnered with Moore’s evergreen Irish Melodies.

The programme concludes with operatic excerpts from Ireland’s pioneering composer, William Vincent Wallace (Maritana, Lurline and Matilda of Hungary) along with excerpts from Robert O’Dwyer’s Irish language opera, Eithne and music from the King of Broadway, Victor Herbert, famous for his Naughty Marietta and Babes in Toyland. To conclude, solo arias and duets from the operas of Michael William Balfe including The Bohemian Girl and Falstaff.

VENUE: Salterbridge House
ARTISTS: Rachel Kelly / Mezzo-soprano – Gavan Ring / Tenor acompanied by Una Hunt on piano.
Ticket Prices Front Row €30 / Unallocated Seating €20 excl €3.50 sales commission per order.

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