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Vocal Arts DC
PO Box 42423
Washington DC 20015




TARA ERRAUGHT mezzo-soprano
JOHN O'CONOR, pianist

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Terrace Theater

dynamic stage presence are the hallmarks of mezzo- soprano Tara Erraught. The Irish-born singer enjoys an ever-growing international career on the opera, orchestra and recital stages. In the last three seasons, she has sung three world premieres, made her US opera debut, and appeared in recitals and concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

Recent performance highlights include her company debut at the Metropolitan Opera in two productions - Nichlausse/The Muse in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffman, and Hansel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. She reprised the role of Angelina in Bayerische Staatoper's production of Rossini's La Cenerentola; made her recital debut at the prestigious Schubertiade, Schwarzenberg, performed a gala recital in London's Wigmore Hall, and made her role debut as Annius in Deutsche Gramophone's live recording of two concert performances of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito in Baden Baden. She also made her Irish opera debut singing Rosina in Wide Open Opera's new production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville; created the role of Kathleen Scott in the commissioned world premiere of Miroslav Srnka's opera South Pole for Bayersiche Staatsoper; made her cele- brated American opera debut with Washington National Opera as Angelina in La Cenerentola; made role debuts as Kathy in a new production of Poul Rouders' Selma Jezkova; Carlotta in Strauss' Die Schweigsame Frau, Christa in Janáček's The Makropulos Affair, Sesto in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, and Prince Orlovsky in Strauss' Die Fledermaus with the Bayerische Staatsoper; Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Angelina in La Cenerentola with the Hamburg Staatsoper; created the role of Kitty in the world premiere of Iain Bell's A Harlot's Progress at the Theater an der Wien; and made her role debut as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and at the BBC Proms. With the Wiener Staatsoper she sang Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, as well as the premiere performances of a new production of La Cenerentola, earning accolades from the Frankfurter Allgemeine as the "New Queen of Belcanto". Recital and orchestral performances include Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall, the Celebrity Series of Boston, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Terrace Theater, Kansas City's Harriman-Jewell Series, and Ann Arbor's University Musical Society in the U.S.; Canada's Vancouver Recital Society; London's Wigmore Hall; Japan's Tokyo Opera Nomori; Dublin's National Concert Hall, and a solo opera gala concert with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, at Munich's Nymphenburg Sommer, and Bayerische Festspiele. She can be seen on DVD in the title role of Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier on the Opus Arte label. A native of Dundalk, Ireland, Tara Erraught is a graduate of Dublin's Royal Irish Academy of Music.

The Irish pianist John O'Conor has been gathering wonderful reviews for his masterly playing for over forty years. Having studied in his native Dublin, in Vienna with Dieter Weber and being tutored by the legendary Wilhelm Kempff, his unanimous 1st Prize at the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna in 1973 opened the door to a career that has brought him all around the world.

His recordings of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas led CD Review to say that he "by now should be recognised as the world's premier Beethoven interpreter" and his recent recordings of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra and Andreas Delfs have also been greeted with acclaim. In the past year he has released two new CDs on the Steinway label, one of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations and the other of five Haydn Sonatas.

A Steinway Artist, he is Chair of the Piano Division at Shenandoah University in Virginia, Professor of Piano at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, International Visiting Artist at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Visiting Professor at Showa University in Japan.

For his services to music he has been dec- orated "Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" by the French Government, awarded the "Ehrenkreuz fur Wissenschaft und Kunst" by the Austrian Government, the "Order of the Rising Sun" by the Emperor of Japan, and has received many other awards.

"She is a tremendously appealing and charismatic singer, with a warm voice and a bright future...she rose to some fireworks in the final aria that drew shouts of excitement from the audience."

ANNE MIDGETTE, The Washington Post

"A pianist of unbounding sensitivity" (Gramophone) ; "He represents a vanishing tradition that favors inner expression and atmosphere over showmanship and bravura" (Chicago Tribune) ; "Impeccable technique and musicality... it would be hard to imagine better performances" (Sunday Times - London) ; "This artist has the kind of flawless touch that makes an audience gasp" (The Washington Post); "Exquisite playing" (The New York Times)

Photo of Tara Erraught by Kristin Speed.


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