Clonacody House in Fethard will host two nights of opera on Friday, August 26th and Saturday, August 27th.
The concerts will be hosted over two nights on the grounds of Clonacody House and will feature four main singers - local star baritone bass Derek Ryan (Tipperary Town), contralto Sarah-Ellen Murphy (Limerick) contralto, internationally-renowned Italian tenor Marco Bianco and soprano Barbara Grossi. The singers will be accompanied on the piano by concert pianist Massimilanno Franchina (Rome).
Opera is a total art form which joins music, singing, drama and poetry together. In each work, all the components of opera combine their expressiveness and their beauty, there is a centralizing theme on many levels throughout the story; the operatic term 'bel canto' literally means beautiful singing.
To allay any fears amongst you the arias and songs performed will be familiar to all of us as they are often heard in movies, advertisements and popular radio programmes weekly. Whether you like “Old Man River” from the musical 'Showboat' or “Un Bel Di” from 'Madame Butterfly' there is music and song for all.
Clonacody is set it its own grounds just outside the town of Fethard, it was the family home of Irish explorer Vice Admiral Sir Henry Kellett who was born in Fethard in 1806. Today Clonacody House is the essence of old world charm and modern class. Helen Carrigan and her partner Michael run the house for special events and weddings. Accommodation can be provided.
Funds raised from the concert will go towards supporting the Fethard & District Day Care Centre, a critical resource for the people of the area.
Tapas and wine will be provided. This event is a marquee garden party and guests are asked to dress smart, but warm. Tickets are priced at €50. To reserve your seat please call the box office on 087 168 9167.
Patrons are advised to book early.