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Soprano Masterclass 2011 - Song & Dance Stage School

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With...Kathryn Smith

One of Ireland's leading sopranos, Kathryn studied in her native Dublin with eminent opera singer and teacher Dr. Veronica Dunne and renowned repetiteur and accompanist Jeannie Reddin. During her studies Kathryn obtained the L.R.S.M. and has now been teaching singing at the Leinster School of Music, Griffith College, Dublin, for 14 years. Having won many prestigious awards at home and abroad, she became one of the most sought after performers in the Country and played numerous principal roles in many of the popular shows and operettas throughout Ireland.

Kathryn spent some very profitable years in the UK. She toured extensively before embarking on a world tour and received critical acclaim for numerous operatic and operetta roles many of which she has also performed in Ireland with Lyric Opera, Opera Ireland and Opera Cork. She also performed the role of ‘Aida’ in a theatrical production by Peter & Jim Sheridan of the play ‘Strumpet City’, which ran for a three month period at the Gaiety Theatre.

Kathryn has been equally applauded for her performances in Gala Viennese Concerts with Lyric Opera Productions, Jim Molloy Promotions and the annual New Years Day concerts with the Symphony Orchestra at the NCH and only recently, again at the NCH both Kathryn and Sean enjoyed great success in ‘The Magic of Vienna’(JMP) which received tremendous public and critical acclaim.

With a large repertoire of Opera, Operetta and Oratorio, Kathryn is in constant demand. A regular performer at the NCH and other major venues, she has recorded with the National Symphony and Concert Orchestras and has many television and radio broadcasts to her credit. Kathryn is known for her versatility and has performed and recorded music by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Gilbert & Sullivan, Jerome Kern, Lerner & Loewe and Romberg, and was many times a popular guest of the radio show ‘Theatre Nights’, presented by Kevin Hough.

In December 2001, Kathryn was honoured by the Vocal Heritage Society of Ireland with ‘The Margaret Burke Sheridan Award’ for her contribution to singing in Ireland. In 2002, she made her Carnegie Hall debut, performing the principal Soprano roles in ‘The Irish Ring Operas’. The show toured other major US venues. Last year Kathryn received huge acclaim for her performance in Long Island, New York, as guest of the Hibernian Festival Singers and has since returned for a number of other concerts and tours.

In Oct 2005 Kathryn enjoyed further success when she played the principal role of ‘ Helene Vernet’ in ‘The Great Waltz’ at the Gaiety Theatre Dublin produced by Jim Molloy Promotions.

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