Acclaimed Trio the Irish Tenors at The Lyric
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Washington National Opera sopranos Samantha McElhaney and Pamela Simonson raise their beautiful voices together in song in a joyous tribute to the season. They'll kick off the holidays with a variety of classical selections, plus duets and solos, all designed to get you in the mood to celebrate. Simonson's performed with the San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, and has been a featured soprano with the American Center of Puccini Studies, appearing in Cosi fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, Turn of the Screw, Candide, Porgy and Bess and more. McElhaney's credits also include acclaimed turns in Porgy and Bess with the San Francisco and Washington National Operas, and she recently represented the U.S. as a cultural envoy to Egypt as part of a specially-chosen inspirational choir. Learn More
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Finbar Wright, tenor, songwriter and poet, was born in Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland. Growing up on a farm, his musical education began at the age of six and he later studied music theory at one of the oldest schools of music in the world, The Cork School of Music. He went on to win many major singing awards and released his first album, Because, on the Sony Records label. Since then Finbar has recorded six solo albums and six albums with the world-famous Irish Tenors, with whom he has enjoyed phenomenal success all around the world. With The Irish Tenors, Finbar has performed in many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and The Irish Tenors have appeared in many successful PBS TV specials. Finbar has performed at many historical world events in recent times, including the reading of the Gospel at Pope John Paul II’s legendary first Papal Mass at the Phoenix Park, Dublin, in 1979; the impressive State Dinner given in honor of U.S. President Bill Clinton at Dublin Castle in 1995; and he performed live on Good Morning America during its coverage of President Reagan’s funeral on Capitol Hill in 2004. He has appeared in concert with such music legends as Monserrat Caballé, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and rock & roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis.
Anthony Kearns was born in a small Irish village in County Wexford. Anthony's interest in music began at about the age of four and he began singing at an early age. He studied at Leinster School of Music and The College of Music in Wales. In 1998 he joined The Irish Tenors and has been with the group since its inception. The Irish Tenors have produced ten CDs to date, which have sold millions of copies, and have completed several successful tours of the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Anthony is a true lyric tenor. He has toured solo in Germany, Italy and the United States and is a popular presence in Ireland's music scene. For all his devotion to the opera, Anthony has a deep, abiding love for the music of his beloved homeland. He says, "I take great pride delivering these songs of our people all over the world.” He has incredible vocal agility, flexibility and a sublime natural ability to color notes with grace and beauty. Whether in the realm of the classics or the traditional music of his homeland, the power and clarity in his voice expresses great truth and rich conviction. He has featured in many challenging operatic roles, including Don Jose in Carmen, and Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, and has had many distinguished and acclaimed solo performances in his relatively short time as a professional artist.
Ronan Tynan is a true modern-day renaissance man. Faced with numerous challenges throughout his life, he has persevered with enormous passion and determination. Born with a lower limb disability that threatened to sideline him throughout his childhood, Ronan never let that deter his dreams. When he was 20, his legs were amputated below the knee and within a year, he was winning gold medals in the Paralympics as a multitalented athlete. He became the first disabled person ever admitted to the National College of Physical Education and became a full-fledged medical doctor, specializing in orthopedic sports injuries, with a degree from prestigious Trinity College. Though Ronan enjoyed singing as a boy, he did not seriously consider formal voice study until he was 33, when he was well into his residency as a physician. Ronan won both the John McCormack Cup for Tenor Voice and the International Operatic Singing Competition in Maumarde, France. He made his operatic debut as Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. In 1998, he joined The Irish Tenors, an instant worldwide sensation with whom he toured the world. In 2005, Ronan released his self-titled debut album, which debuted #2 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart, and also reached #2 on the World Album Chart. His career has also been well-documented with appearances on Primetime Live, Good Morning America, the Hour of Power, 700 Club, Fox & Friends and many other high-profile television shows.
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