Of all the magical moments at The Whale since it opened last September, the Superwoman transformation of barmaid Jade into Mary O’Callas was one that really shook the room.
How could someone so petite and quiet make an operatic sound so large and all-encompassing…?
It happened at the Brendan Behan one-man show with Gary Cooke, and it happened again on the Peter Sheridan night. You could hear a pint drop each time Jade simply opened her mouth, and those beautiful arias rang out.
It was clear that this rising young opera star should have a night all to herself, and Jade being the kind of girl that she is, took that opportunity to invite along her Royal Irish Academy of Music buddies. And so it is that on Thursday, April 12th, Jade will be joined by Corina Ignat, Caroline Behan, Katie Richardson McCrea, Vladimir Sima, Berus Komarchela, Matthew Mannion and Dylan Rooney as the pump young blood into the work of old masters such as Mozart, Puccini and Verdi, as well as some modern classics and Broadway favourites.
Here’s Jade herself to explain more…
About 3 months ago, when the kind owner of The Whale, Ross McParland, asked me if I would like to put on my own show in the theater, I was ecstatic.
I immediately went home bursting with ideas. Since then, I have roped in seven other singers to join me onstage, as well the astounding pianist, Dr. Dearbhla Collins. All of the performers involved in the show are singers from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, ranging from 2nd year undergraduates on the Bachelor of Music Performance (a 4-year course) right up to a Masters in Music Performance (a 2-year course).
The singers have practiced rigorously to deliver the best operatic entertainment to you. This show is by no means only open to those who have a previous knowledge of or have studied classical music. The first half of the show will consist of scenes from operas, including solos, duets, trios and a quintet. Some of the well-known scenes are from operas by Mozart, Donizetti, Puccini and Handel.
And just in case you’re afraid you may nod off, the second half of the concert will by more lighthearted, with songs from popular musicals, as well as some old classics.
We’re here to show you that this ancient musical form is still young, and that there is a whole new generation of opera singers keeping it alive.
Hopefully we can convert some of you to this incredible and intoxicating musical force…
You can check out this Thursday’s A Night At The Opera here, and our January 2018 interview with Jade here.
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