Part of the 200th anniversary celebrations of the birth of Catherine Hayes, the Limerick-born soprano who rose to international fame in the mid- 1800s, this supper and concert will take place in the Hunt Museum and St Mary’s Cathedral on Hayes’ 200th baptism day, in partnership with Dolans.ie
The concert features soprano Sarah Dolan, tenor Patrick Hyland and the Voices of Limerick choir and orchestra under the baton of Sinead Hayes, the concert will include selections from operas by Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi and some favoured Irish Art Songs by Thomas Moore Balfe and G. A Osborne (Organist in St Mary’s Cathedral during her life) as well as her party piece ‘Kathleen Mavourneen’.
Catherine Hayes is a name that is synonymous with Limerick. She travelled the world as an internationally recognized soprano but she has all but disappeared from Limerick’s known heritage.
She sang in the European Opera Houses of La Scala, Milan, Covent Garden, London contributing to the culture of Europe, and was a contemporary of Jenny Lind, but unlike Lind has not retained that worldwide recognition.
It is therefore particularly fitting that the 200th anniversary of her birth in November is connected to the European Year of Cultural Heritage. This concert aims to reintroduce the Catherine Hayes story and give her deserved recognition in her hometown. Her story will surprise, fascinate, educate and stir debate.
Tickets and times:
Supper: 6pm (the Hunt Museum)