Ravensdale born, mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught has been honoured by the Bavarian Government for her contribution the arts.
The prestigious Pro meritis scientiae et litterarum, which is given annually since 2000, was bestowed upon the RIAM BA graduate in recognition for outstanding contribution to science and the arts.
At 26 years of age, she is only the fifth musician to receive this honour since the award’s inception, and the youngest so honoured.
This is not the first time Tara has entered the history books as last November she became the youngest principal artist ever booked by the prestigious Vienna State Opera in the role of Rosina in Rossini’s ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’ or ‘The Barber of Seville’.
The former Dun Lughaidh student has captured the attention of the international opera public since her widespread acclaim in February 2011 when she first appeared in the title role of a new production of Ravel’sL’Enfant et les Sortileges.
A few weeks later she stood in for a sick colleague with just five days notice to perform Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi.
She has since been catapulted to world-wide acclaim and has recently announced her 2013-14 touring schedule.
Upcoming performances include a world premiere and three role debuts.
This June she will perform in Munich as Nicklausse/The Muse in Offenbach’s Le Contes d’Hoffmann with the Bayerische Staatsoper, followed by a recital at Nymphenburg Sommer in celebration of the festival’s 10th anniversary.
In October she will play the role of Kitty in the world premiere of Iain Bell’s A Harlot’s Progress at Theater an der Wien and in December she will reprise her role as Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel, and as Angelina in Rosssini’s La Cenerentola.
She is due to return to the UK in 2014 for the Glyndebourne Festival.
In 2014 she will also make her debut at the BBC Proms, embark on a second North American recital tour, and debut at the Washington National Opera and San Francisco Opera.
Tara is a past pupil of Dundalk Music teacher Geraldine and graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin before going on to become a member of the opera studio at the Bayerische Stattsoper in 2008.
Visit www.imgartists.com/artist/tara_erraught for more information on Dundalk’s very own mezzo-soprano.