Opera Gala in Aid of Special Olympics and Home Start

by Staff Reporter

This gala night is in aid of Special Olympics World Summer Games and Home-Start Blanchardstown.

Saturday,February the 24th at 8pm. St Brigid’s Church of Ireland, Castleknock Village. Tickets cost €20.

Guest Performers:

Florence Chong, Soprano.

In 2013, soprano Florence Chong was accepted onto the prestigious BA in Vocal Studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, where she studied voice with Virginia Kerr and repetiteur Seho Lee. She was awarded this degree, which is validated by Trinity College Dublin, with first class honours in 2017.

Florence has performed in Dublin regularly and she has received many accolades for her performances including one from the music critic of the Sunday Business Post for playing the role of Clori in one of the RIAM Opera productions. She also received an excellent review from The Reviews Hub for playing the role of the fairy Moth from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen.

Florence has performed internationally as a recital artist. She is currently studying coloratura voice production with the renowned vocal teacher Lorraine Nawa Jones in Rome, Italy and with Shawn Mlynek in Germany

David Corr, Baritone.

He completed a BMus (Performance) in 2017 at DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama. David continues to study voice under the renowned tenor Emmanuel Lawler and repetiteur Aoife O’Sullivan. David has had numerous successes for his solo performances at Feiseanna and festivals throughout Ireland, including Feis Ceoil, for Italian aria, English Song and Oratorio.

David won the Frank Cowle Trophy and gold medal for Baritone Solo at the ESB Feis Ceoil in 2017 and the silver medal for the Count John McCormack recital. He also won the DIT Conservatory Veronica Dunne Messiah Cup for Oratorio in 2014 and 2017. Other recent successes include the Mick Quinn Memorial Cup and Adult Men’s Solo at Arklow Feis (2017) and the Kerryman’s Association’s Memorial Trophy for Leider (2017)

As a boy, he was chorister with the Palestrina Choir and RTE’s Cor na nOg.  More recently he was a member of the National Youth Choir and the RTE Concert Orchestra’s chorus under the baton of John Wilson and David Brophy.

David has performed many solo roles including the baritone solo role in Oratorio de Noel Saint-Saens which was performed in St. Anne’s Church in Dublin. His involvement in opera performance includes the Merry Widow (Franz Lehar), La Boheme (Giacomo Puccini), and Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart). He recently performed in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at the Lismore Opera festival.

Shokri Raoof, Bass- Baritone.

A native of Castleknock, Shokri, having previously studied under Owne Gilhooly in Dublin is currently continuing his vocal studies in Berlin at the Hochschule fur Musik ’Hanns Eisler” under the tutelage of Scot Wier. For the past year he is also a recipient of the Hochschule Forderevein Scholarship. He has also worked with several Opera companies in Ireland and abroad including “Opera Theatre Company, ” “Lyric Opera Productions”  “Wide Opeen Opera” and “About Turn Theatre” Upcoming engagements in Berlininclude Don Andresin Offenbach’s “La Perichole,”Bass Soloist in Bach’s cantata’s BMV 31, 67, 104 and Don Inigo in Ravel’s “L’heure espagnole”

Colm Scully, Flautust.

Colm’s musical education began in his dads class in Larkhill Primary School.He joined the Artane Boys Band at 7 years of age where he learnt the flute.He continued his musical education in the College of Music and now plays Concert Flute & Piccolo as well as Alto &Tenor Saxophone in various Concert and Swing Bands, including Artane Senior band. He developed a love for traditional music from a young age and plays all over the country but especially in Fairview and Clontarf areas with Ceoltoiri Chluain Tarbh.

Ami Hewitt, Soprano.

Soprano Ami Hewitt is a recent graduate of Music Education in DIT/Trinity College, wher she majored in vocal performance. She is continuing vocal tuition with Colette McGahon, and has participated in master classes with Paul McNamara, Patricia Bardon, and Ailish Tynon. She won various competitions in DIT in house competitions and Sligo Feis Ceol, and was awarded the overall Kennedy award and Bursary in Arklow Music Festival. Ami has performed solo with ensembles including, DIT Choral Society, Trinity Singers, Trinity Orchestra, and Our Lady’s Choral Society

Oisin O’Dalaigh, Tenor.

A young tenor studying under the tutelage of Stephen Wallace and Aoife O’Sullivan at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. With the DIT Opera Ensemble, Oisín has taken part in a multitude of opera scenes and has had several roles in operas such as Mozart’s Le Nozze do Figaro, Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, and more recently, an adaption of Handel’s Oratorio, Susanna. Other roles with other companies include Goro from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, the Sailor in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Monostatos in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Recently Oisín has been involved in reviving some lost works such as Robert O’Dwyer’s Eithne with Opera Theatre Company, he has also debuted the role of Prince Charmant in the Irish Premiere of Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon, and currently is playing the role of Philippe D’Aguilar in Michael William Balfe’s forgotten operetta, The Sleeping Queen.

Tickets available from Rachel Devlin – 086 2394387 or Mary Troy – 0876295494.

Parish Office, Main St, Castleknock. 01 8200040 (9.30-1p.m – except Wednesday)

Limited availability at the door on the night.


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