Joseph Calleja, tenor; Claudia Boyle, soprano; rte National Symphony Orchestra; Proinnsias O Duinn,c
As part of the Great Artists Series in The International Concert Series 2012/2013
Programme to be announced
Blessed with a golden age voice that routinely inspires comparisons to “legendary singers from earlier eras: Jussi Björling, Beniamino Gigli, even Enrico Caruso” (Associated Press), the Maltese-born Joseph Calleja has become one of the most sought-after tenors on both sides of the Atlantic. At only 33 years of age, he has sung 28 principal roles and performed on most of the world’s leading opera stages, including New York’s Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, and the Vienna Staatsoper.
Calleja made his Covent Garden debut as the Duke of Mantua, and soon returned to sing Alfredo, Macduff, and Adorno, and sang in a concert performance as Nicias in Massenet’s Thaïs. Calleja made his U.S. debut as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at the Spoleto Festival. He appeared as Macduff with the Seattle Opera; debuted with both the Los Angeles Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Alfredo in La traviata; and has sung numerous roles at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
The National Concert Hall Rising Star 2012 Claudia Boyle was an Opera Theatre Company young artist and later went on to take part on the prestigious Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Opera Festival where she understudied the role of ‘Lulu’. She recently made her debut at the Wexford Opera Festival where she sang the role of ‘La Comtesse’ (La Cour de Célimène) to critical acclaim. A Dublin native, Claudia graduated from the Masters course at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with first class honors. She studied with Mary Brennan, Suzanne Murphy and Mairead Hurley.
From its foundation in 1948 as the Radio Éireann Symphony Orchestra, and first concert under the celebrated French conductor Jean Martinon, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra has been at the forefront of symphonic music in Ireland providing an unbroken stream of concerts over a sixty-year period.
Proinnsías Ó Duinn was born in Dublin. He studied cello, piano and orchestration privately and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the College of Music in Dublin. In his extensive career, Proinnsias has worked with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional del Ecuador, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the BBC, Our Lady’s Choral Society and many more. In 1978, he became Principal Conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and held that position until 2003. He is founder, Director & first musical Director of Opera Theatre Company and was appointed to the Board of Directors of Cork City Opera & the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland.
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