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Maire Flavin and Gary Matthewman

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Soprano Star of the UK opera scene for Elizabeth Downey memorial recital  

Passion for quality classical music drove Elizabeth Downey to become one of the founding members of Waterford Music Club which celebrates a staggering 73 seasons of recitals this year. Youngest daughter of the Irish literary publisher and writer, historian and journalist Edmund Downey, a renowned teacher, Elizabeth was also a celebrated performer and a frequent guest performer on Radio Eireann. As classical music correspondent she contributed frequently to her father’s daily newspaper The Waterford News and Evening News.

This year the guest soloist is one of the bright young stars of the UK opera scene. Since featuring among the finalists of the prestigious 2011 Cardiff Singer of the World competition, soprano Máire Flavin has lit up stages with companies like Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera . She comes to Waterford for a rare song recital appearance with the acclaimed accompanist Gary Matthewman.

Born in Dublin, and raised in various far flung postings of her diplomat father, Máire has impeccable Waterford musical connections. Jim and mother Moira, nee O’Shea are both inner city Waterfordians. ‘My Uncle, who sadly passed away three years ago, Edmond Flavin was Chairman of the Theatre Royal, so it will be a very special Waterford debut!  I have sung at Lismore, but never in Waterford City’ said Máire
There is a Spring theme to the programme of lieder and French song.  The programme includes the song that earned her a slot in the Cardiff finals ‘I adored singing Widmung at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize final and so decided to learn more Schumann. I was inspired when I heard the two Wolf songs Im Fruhling and An Eine Aolscharfe  so built another set around them.  Finishing the first half with one of my favourite composers, Strauss. I decided to combine the songs by William Vincent Wallace with French composers, Chausson and Hahn. They are slightly less well known but both have one or two famous songs and are well worth delving into for other hidden treasures’

Thursday 16th April, Large Room, City Hall, Waterford.
Tickets available on the door @ €18 (Student €5). Ticket includes interval soft drink.

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