Limerick Literary Festival | As Music and Splendour

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Updated: January 1st, 2018

Limerick Literary Festival presents

As Music and Splendour

Recital with Martha O’Brien


Limerick City Gallery of Art | Fri, 23rd Feb | 7pm | €17/€14


Martha O’ Brien is a Limerick-born mezzo-soprano studying under Sinead Campbell Wallace in the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, where she received a First Class Honors BMus degree in vocal pedagogy and was awarded the Nuala Levins Trophy for Pedagogy.

Most recently in opera, Martha has played the role of Joacim in a staged production of Handel’s Susanna in Smock Alley Theatre. Other roles include Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zelatrice in Suor Angelica and JouJou in The Merry Widow. Martha was also involved in Opera Theatre Company’s production of Don Giovanni with translation by Roddy Doyle. In oratorio, performances include Handel’s Messiah in Kilkenny Cathedral, Saint-Saens Oratorio de Noel & Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in St. Ann’s Church and an Irish premiere of Mata Matsurrat’s Requiem in St. Andrew’s Church, Dublin. Martha has just recently performed Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer in the John Field Room, NCH as well as a live broadcast with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for their DriveTime programme.

In 2016, Martha participated as a Young Artist on the Boyne Music Festival Young Artist Programme, where she worked with Sophie Junker and Deirdre Brenner. Also in 2016, Martha was the winner of both the Showboat and Dermot Troy competitions in DIT and was part of the winning ensemble of the Veronica Dunne competition in this year’s Feis Ceoil. She has had the privilege of singing in masterclasses with Patricia Bardon & Gidon Saks. Martha has worked as a chorister in St. Audoen’s Church and is a vocal teacher in the Dublin School of Music. Upcoming engagements include The Second Violinist with Wide Open Opera in both the Galway International Arts Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival, Opera Theatre Company’s production of the Irish opera Eithne by Robert O’ Dwyer and a recital of Thomas Moore’s Lalla Rookh in collaboration with Queen’s University Belfast.

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