THE WELL known mezzo-soprano Roisín Walsh, who hails from Limerick, will take to the stage in the atmospheric surrounds of St Mary’s Cathedral for a benefit concert this Thursday night.
‘Classics At The Cathedral’ will also feature local baritone Owen Gilhooly as well as soprano Carmel Conway and accompanist Trevor Selby, among other guests.
The concert follows on from last year’s sold out and hugely successful night, ‘A Grand Night For Singing’, organized to support Roisín’s studies at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, which continue this year.
Well known in operatic and musical theatre circles, Walsh studied with Olive Cowpar for many years, winning awards and also had lead roles in many recent Limerick Musical Society productions, including The King & I (for which she was nominated for an AIMS award for “Best Supporting Female”) and Fiddler On The Roof.
In 2010 Roisín received an unprecedented five offers to study at prestigious colleges in the UK, opting for London’s renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she will attend the prestigious opera course, commencing this September. The innovative training programme accepts only twelve singers each year and provides an advanced level of vocal training.
The programme for Thursday’s concert will vary from well known operatic arias, duets, musical theatre and operetta to well known Irish songs. With something to suit all tastes, “The Flower Duet” from “Lakme” and the beautiful “Vilia” from “The Merry Widow” are just two of the many classics audiences will enjoy on the night.
Contralto Sarah –Ellen Murphy and tenors Ciarán O’Leary and Ross Scanlon will also join Roisín at the concert.