Celine Byrne, Tara Erraught, Mezz, Dearbhla Collins,

Celine Byrne, Tara Erraught, Mezz, Dearbhla Collins,

Celine Byrne, Soprano Tara Erraught, Mezzo Soprano Dearbhla Collins, Piano

Tour Dates

Music Network presents three of Ireland’s outstanding female artists, Celine Byrne (soprano), Tara Erraught (mezzo soprano) and Dearbhla Collins (piano), on tour from 4 to 12 November 2009. The programme of operatic gems for this tour, entitled Songs for Cecilia, includes a piece specially commissioned by RTE lyric fm from Ian Wilson, songs and duets by Purcell, Mozart, Schumann, Strauss, and Puccini as well as arias from Cosi fan Tutte, The Barber of Seville, Madam Butterfly and Norma. Music Network tours provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost music ensembles at affordable prices in venues around Ireland and are presented in association with The Irish Times and RTÉ lyric fm.  Music Network is funded by the Arts Council. Further information from (01) 671 9429 or www.musicnetwork.ie.

 Following performances at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and the National Concert Hall, soprano Celine Byrne has become familiar to audiences worldwide thanks to her collaboration with the tenors José Carreras and Roberto Alagna. Winner of First Prize at the 2007 Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens, Celine is a soloist with several opera companies and has also performed with the classical stars such as percussionist Evelyn Glennie and conductors David Giménez, Robert Houlihan and Colman Pierce. Celine was recently awarded the Margaret Burke Sheridan Medal in recognition of her successful career as a singer, and ambassador for Ireland. Commenting on the award Celine said, “ I have achieved some success abroad and would like to think of myself as being an Irish ambassador for the arts but this is the first time that I have received recognition on home soil. For the first time, my family can share in the experience, as so often they could not travel with me to competitions and concerts. This award and gold medal means the world to them and to me".

Mezzo soprano Tara Erraught’s star is definitely in the ascendant, having won a slew of awards in recent years, including first prize in the Jakub Pustina International singing competition in the Czech Republic, the Washington National Opera prize and the Houston Grand Opera prize at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna. She is currently artist in residence with the highly respected Bavarian State Opera, Munich.

The two singers are accompanied by the incomparable Dearbhla Collins, a prize-winning solo pianist who is equally known for her work as a chamber musician and vocal coach, and for her knowledge of the song repertoire.

On Tour:  Wednesday 4th November, KILLORGLIN (Intermediate School, 8pm), Thursday 5th November, CARLOW (The George Bernard Shaw Theatre, 8pm) Saturday 7th November, WATERFORD (Christ Church Cathedral, 8pm), Sunday 8th November, KILKENNY (Castalia Hall, Ballytobin, Callan, 4pm), Monday 9th November, CASTLEBAR (Linenhall Arts Centre, 8pm), Tuesday 10th November, DUBLIN (The Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8pm), Wednesday 11th November, NAVAN (Solstice Arts Centre, 8pm), Thursday 12th November, DUN LAOGHAIRE (Pavilion Theatre, 8pm).

Programme: Songs for Cecilia


Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

  • Duet: “Sound the Trumpet”, Birthday Ode for Queen Mary  (Celine & Tara)
  • Song: “Sweeter than Roses” (Celine)

from Incidental Music to Pausanius, the Betrayer of his Country, Z. 585 no. 1

  • Song: “I attempt from love's sickness to fly” (Tara)

from “The Indian Queen”, Z. 630 no. 17


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

  • Aria: “Porgi d’Amor”

from “Le nozze di Figaro” (The Marriage of  Figaro), KV 492  (Celine)

  • Duet: “Ah guarda sorella”

from “Cosi fan Tutte” (All do it like this), KV 588 (Celine & Tara)



Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

  • Song: “Die Lotosblume” (The Lotus-Flower)

from “Myrthen” Op. 25 no.7 (Tara)

  • Duet: “An die Nachtigall” (To the Nightingale)

From “Mädchenlieder” (Girls’ Songs), Op. 103 no.3, (Celine & Tara) 

  • Duet: “An den Abendstern” (To the evening star)

From “Mädchenlieder” (Girls’ Songs), Op. 103 no.4, (Celine & Tara) 



Reynaldo Hahn (1875-1947)

  • Song: “A Chloris” (To Chloris)

from "Melodies, Book II (Tara)


Gabriel Fauré  (1845-1924)

  • Duet: “Tarantelle”

from 2 Duets, Op.10 no.2 (Celine & Tara)


Michael William Balfe (1808-1870)

§  Aria: “Non v’e donna”

from Falstaff 1938 (Tara)


Léo Delibes (1836-1891)

§  Song: “Les filles de Cadix”

from "Chanson espagnole", stanzas 1-2  (Celine)


Gioacchino Antonio Rossini (1792-1868)

  • Duet: “La regata veneziana” (The Venice Regatta)

from “Les soirées musicales” 1835  (Celine& Tara)




Gioacchino Antonio Rossini (1792-1868)

  • Aria: “Una voce poco fa”  (A faint voice)

from “Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (Tara)


Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

  • Song: “Morgen” (Tomorrow)

from “Vier Lieder” (Four Songs) Op.27 no.4 (Celine)

  • Song: “Cäcilie” (Cecilia)

from “Vier Lieder” (Four Songs) Op.27 no.2 (Celine)

  • Aria: “Du, Venus' Sohn” (You, Venus’s Son) –  Composer’s Aria”

from “Ariadne auf Naxos” (Ariadne on Naxos)  (Tara)


Ian Wilson (b.1964)

§  Duet: "Come to me here"

for voices and piano (specially commissioned by Lyric FM for this tour) (Celine & Tara)


Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

  • Aria: “Un bel di”  (One fine day)

from Madama Butterfly (Celine)

  • Duet: “Tutti i fior” (All the flowers)

from “Madama Butterfly” (Celine & Tara)

  • Aria: “Ebben? - Ne Andrò Lontana”  (Well, I shall go far away from here)

from “La Wally” (Celine)

  • Duet: “Mira, O Norma”

from “Norma” (Celine & Tara)


Léo Delibes (1836-1891)

  • Duet: “Viens, Mallika, les lianes en fleurs” (Flower Duet)

from “Lakme” (Celine & Tara)


Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)

  • Duet: “Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour” (Barcarolle)

from “Le contes d’Hoffmann” (The Tales of Hoffmann) (Celine & Tara)

"She has presence, a powerful and flexible voice, and the intelligence to understand how music and words work together."

- The Irish Times on Celine Byrne

"Erraught has the true mezzo’s rare ability to illuminate the most ordinary segment of the human voice."

- The Irish Times on Tara Erraught