The Irish Sopranos.
Biography (Courtesy of the Artist’s site, 2005)
With their sensational voices and stunning good looks, The Irish Sopranos wow audiences wherever they go. Wendy Dwyer, Kay Lynch and Deirdre Masterson are the crËme de la crËme of Irish classical vocal talent.
All three have had extensive classical training and each possesses a very distinctive, very individual voice. The voices together comprise lyric, lyric coloratura and dramatic soprano, producing a wonderful harmonic texture and lending themselves perfectly to the ravishing harmonies for which The Irish Sopranos are fast gaining a name.
Before coming together to form the group, Wendy, Kay and Deirdre have built hugely impressive individual performance portfolios. Between them they have vast experience on a wide variety of entertainment platforms from lead-singer with Riverdance to soloists on the International Operatic Stage.
Wendy from Ballincollig Co. Cork, Kay from Tralee, Co. Kerry and Deirdre from Gorey , Co. Wexford grew up in homes that were filled with music. Influences from traditional, classical, jazz and even country all colour their music making now. “Anything with a beautiful melody attracts us”, says Wendy. “All we want to do is entertain, to lift people with our music and a good melody is the first step in that regard”, continues Kay. As such The Irish Sopranos’ music is an eclectic mix ranging from operatic to popular music and everything in between. Each song is specially arranged for or by the girls and each arrangement reflects the group’s individual style and their remarkable versatility.
Unlike many manufactured groups, The Irish Sopranos have been friends for years having studied and worked together in the past. As such they have a wonderful rapport on and off the stage. “Real friendship makes such a difference to the performance and the audience notices”, says Deirdre.
Together now for two and a half years, The Irish Sopranos have toured extensively in Ireland and abroad. They have received a standing ovation at each and every performance and have been critically well received. One critic wrote “…the blend of these three soaring voices would melt even the hardest heart”. In March of last year the group had a very successful debut U.S. tour.
They played 18 dates in 21 days and had two subsequent sold-out tours in October and December last. The highlight was playing the prestigious CARNEGIE HALL platform on October 2nd. They shared the stage with reowned Irish tenor, Ronan Tynan. The diary is fast filling up for 2005/2006, with negotiations ongoing for British, European and Australian tours and The Irish Sopranos have just signed on to be special guests on Ronan Tynan's up-coming Irish tour.
By entertainment standards, The Irish Sopranos are a relatively new group but they have attracted great media attention on both sides of The Atlantic.
They have appeared on numerous national TV and Radio broadcasts in Ireland and America and have been featured in many newspaper and magazine articles. Media highlights for the group include making musical history in August 2003 when they became the first females ever to serenade the winner of The Rose of Tralee International Festival, which is broadcast to a television audience of millions world-wide.
During their debut U.S. tour in 2004 it was a great privilege for the girls to be the only act selected to perform on a St. Patrick’s Day Fox News Special. That same week the popular PBS based Channel, Out of Ireland, ran an in-depth feature on The Irish Sopranos.
“A Time for Us”, The Irish Sopranos’ debut album was released last year and is now available nation-wide (distributed by Dara in the U.S.) and at all Irish Soprano performances. It features many Irish and Classical songs including the ever popular “Danny Boy” and many other favourites.
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