Wednesday 16 October 2019

Talented soprano Clodagh Kinsella wows US audience

Clodagh Kinsella in action
Clodagh Kinsella in action

The highly talented soprano Clodagh Kinsella, played to a full house at the Old Village Theatre in Danville, California, as part of the US leg of Eugene O'Neill Festival which will be continuing in New Ross next month, commencing on Wednesday, October 9.

In a concert called 'Irish Airs & Arias', Clodagh was accompanied by the Dublin pianist Keith Stears with whom she studied at the Royal Irish Academy. The Palace native sang a mixture of Irish airs, arias and standards like Shenandoah, Isle of Hope, America the Beautiful and Danny Boy. Both Clodagh and Keith received an enthusiastic standing ovation at the conclusion of the concert.

Well-known Californian composer, pianist and Professor of Music Richard Evans attended the concert and was glowing in his praise for the performance.

Afterwards he expressed confidence that both Clodagh and Keith have great music careers ahead of them.

Festival Co Chair Sean Reidy said: 'The concert is part of the O'Neill One Festival Two Countries Friendship City initiative and Clodagh was an excellent ambassador for New Ross in Danville. She and Keith gave a masterclass to local high school students as part of the cross community transatlantic outreach, and received rapt attention in a full assembly hall.'

The concert was preceded by a reception by Danville Town Council, and Vice Mayor Karen Stepper emphasized the importance of building on the relationship between New Ross and Danville and the opportunity for promising young actors and singers to travel to perform in the Festival was an important part of that process. Mr Reidy said the festival itself could not happen without the important civic partnership that had been forged between New Ross and Danville and thanked both councils for their support.

New Ross Standard