Eimear Quinn appears at The Source Arts Centre in her first solo concert in Tipperary on Saturday 26th November at 8pm. Eimear will be accompanied by Mamisa String Quartet, featuring Maria and Michelle Mason. Maria and Michelle are daughters to Jim and Una Mason. The girls were first taught music by their Aunt Tess McGuigan, Butler Avenue. They attended The Presentation School in Thurles and later studied at The Royal Irish Academy. Michelle and Maria have performed with Thurles Musical Society and, more recently with Phoenix Productions. They appear regularly as session musicians on RTE’s Late, Late Show and tour nationally with Tommy Fleming, Declan O’Rourke, Paddy Casey and, of course, Eimear Quinn.
Although Eimear has toured the length and breadth of the country, she has yet to give a solo concert in Tipperary. In fact, her last local performance was with Father Liam Lawton in Thurles. On her national tours, she performs with the Mamisa String Quartet.
It’s hard to summarise the extraordinary sweep of Eimear Quinn’s talent. Her ethereal voice, which can be heard on albums such as Through the Lens of a Tear, Gatherings and O Holy Night, first enthralled the world as the winner of the Eurovision song contest in 1996 with Brendan Graham’s The Voice. She sang with Anúna (Riverdance), sang in the Royal Albert Hall, Sydney State Theatre, Vorst National in Brussels and many more. She has been the subject of two television documentaries on her life and career and has performed for both TV and radio in Ireland and around the globe. Her spiritual singing elevates RTE’s Christmas programmes and her performance in May for Queen Elizabeth II in the Dublin Convention Centre, introduced her to a whole new international audience. Her voice can encompass and enrich any song and her total range, spiritual and secular, will be on display in the Source Arts.
An evening of fine food and opera
Magical and uplifting The Magic Flute, Mozart’s final masterpiece, is the perfect operatic choice to celebrate Opera Theatre Company’s 25th birthday, and is staged in The Source, Thurles on Thursday 1st December. You can also enjoy a delicious three course pre-show meal overlooking the river in The Source Café. The tantalizing menu costs just €25 per person and must be ordered in advance through The Source Box Office or directly with The Source Café at 0504 58858.
Sung in English, Mozart’s final operatic masterpiece The Magic Flute, is a lyrical love story, set against an atmospheric backdrop of fantasy and mischief. Enchanting and evocative, this profound but lighthearted tale is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. The sublime score ripples with irresistible charm; from the stratospheric arias of the Queen of the Night, to the glorious melodies of Papageno, which both reflect Mozart’s dramatic genius and enthusiasm for life.
The Queen of the Night is determined to use her only daughter Pamina as a pawn in the continuing war with her estranged husband, Sarastro. She recruits Tamino, a prince and Papageno, a bird-catcher to steal her daughter away from her father. Will Tamino survive his dangerous quest? Will Papageno find the woman of his dreams? And will love prevail over hate? Mozart’s most popular opera is for all ages and opera aficionados and newcomers alike.
Opera Theatre Company’s chamber ensemble performs the captivating score with Music Direction by Brenda Hurley. Direction is by Annilese Miskimmon, design is by Nicky Shaw with lighting design by Sinead McKenna.