Presentation: Opera singer Megan O’Neill – “Being with a live audience brings me so much joy”

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Age: 24 years old.

From: Killarney, County Kerry.

A circuitous route: This coloratura soprano began by singing sean-nós. Steeped in traditions, she also played the violin, accordion, tin whistle, mandolin and flute. And she plays the piano by ear. Since the age of 16, she has been ringing ivories in piano bars and at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel. A great way to win a crust.

Dramatically different: Suddenly she got the opera bug and was hit. She studied music at Maynooth University and studied singing with Professor Mary Brennan, and is in his second year of a PhD in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. “When everything closed during Covid, I decided to continue studying. There were online masterclasses with soprano Ailish Tynan. She was learning from the best.

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Soprano Megan O’Neill pictured in Cork. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney / Provision

Soprano Megan O’Neill pictured in Cork. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney / Provision

Diversion of the operation: So much had to be put on hold – his role as solo soprano in Mozart Requiem in the NCH and an opera film, Dream Catcher, in which she was going to play the main role. The film has finally been made and will be released next year.

Back on stage: Now you can see her in all the angels by Nick Drake, who tells the story of how Handel Messiah came to Dublin. It’s a production of Rough Magic and Smock Alley Theater, directed by Lynne Parker, and it takes place until December 22. “Being with a live audience brings me so much joy.”

See smockalley.com

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