VRS’s first concert of the new year features Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught — dubbed the “new queen of bel canto” by Frankfurter Allgemeine. Tara will perform a program of songs by Strauss, Rossini, Liszt, Quilter, and Mahler with pianist James Baillieu at the Vancouver Playhouse. Her much-anticipated return comes hot on the heels of her performance in the role of Hansel in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.
Tara’s rich, radiant tone, expansive range, and dynamic stage presence have secured her an ever-growing international career on opera, orchestra and recital stages. Along the way she has garnered praise from critics, with The New York Times lauding her “beautifully formed mezzo-soprano voice”. Her international stature has continued to grow ever since she stepped in, on five-days’ notice, to sing the role of Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Bayerische Staatsoper in 2011, a performance that earned her worldwide acclaim.
Tara’s sunny disposition and joie de vivre are infectious and her delight at being on stage is evident. In an interview with shmopera.com last year, Tara said: “at my very first singing lesson, I learned that my job as a singer is to tell a story, to transport people into the world of the song. I love being able to take an audience on a journey, be it in opera or recital, your audience is there to experience something, and it is your job to bring them on the journey. It’s very exciting!” Here’s a brief clip withTara:
3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 14 Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, Hamilton at Dunsmuir
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