DUNDALK-born mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught was the star attraction at the Vienna: City of Dreams New Year concert at the National Concert Hall.
Pat O’Kelly, the renowned Classical music critic with the Irish Independent, said: ‘there is a warmly rich quality to Erraught’s mezzo range which has a wealth of naturally flowing velvet tone.
Tara is a farmer pupil of Veronica Dunne. She is now a member of the Bavarian State Opera.
She was recently named Singer of the Year by Munich opera goers.
Tara graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. She was a member of the opera studio at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich from 2008 to 2010. From the 2010-11 season she became an ensemble member of the Bavarian State Opera where in early 2011, she scored great acclaim the title role in a new production of L’Enfant et les Sortilèges conducted by Maestro Kent Nagano. A month later, she made her unexpected debut as Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi replacing an ailing colleague and garnering brilliant national attention.
The 2011-12 season began with a sparkling debut at the Hamburg State Opera in La Cenerentola. She returned to the Bavarian State Opera to sing Il Barbiere di Siviglia, L’enfant et les Sortilèges and Così fan tutte an opera which she will also perform with the Company on tour in Hong Kong. Italian debuts include Cherubino at the Teatro delle Muse Ancona and Rosina at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.
The NCH appearance was the second of two Irish concerts. The first celebrated the 30th anniversary of Dublin’s National Concert Hall while the second rang in the New Year with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.