By Afton Wooten
Irish-born mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught in collaboration with Drogheda Classical Music will lead a weekend of professional development titled “Celebrating the Voice.”
The workshop curated by Tara will feature prominent industry professionals such as Dr. Paul Kwak, Jonathan Friend, Gaby Smith, and mezzo-soprano Angela Brower, along with coaching from song pianists Dearbhla Collins and Morgane Fauchois-Prado.
Dr. Kwak not only is a sought-after collaborative pianist but is one of the top laryngologists at the New York University Voice Center. He will present tips on vocal health and care for performers – singers and actors. There will be sessions on industry expectations, portfolio building, and tax and finance management for entertainers.
Andreas Massow from the Bavarian State Opera will present on the casting process, and what directors are looking for during the audition process.
The eight Irish young artists chosen from an open call to take part include mezzo-soprano Anna-Helena Maclachlan, mezzo-soprano Heather Sammon, tenor Seán Tester, soprano Maria Matthews; these four will take part in art song masterclasses. Meanwhile, Soprano Catherine Donnelly mezzo-soprano Deirdre Arratoon, soprano Deirdre Higgins, and tenor Owen Lucas will participate in the opera masterclasses. Each will participate in the lectures and information sessions and close out “Celebrating the Voice” with a concert alongside Tara, Angela, Dearbhla, and Morgane.
The events will take place Jan. 26 – 29 at St Peter’s Church of Ireland.