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Sopranos add sparkle to Messiah performance at Knock

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ACCLAIMED Mezzo soprano Kate Allen and soprano Anna Devlin, who will both perform in Knock this weekend.

This Saturday night, November 3, will see two of Ireland’s leading female vocalists take to the stage in in Knock Basilica for a concert performance of Handel’s legendary Messiah with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. The show promises to be another resounding success, following on from last year’s glittering sell-out event.
Soprano Anna Devin, an alumna of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden’s Young Artist programme, is an ideal interpreter of Handel’s music and has gained recognition across the world for her work in this repertoire. Recently described by The Times as ‘having a voice as liquid and sparkling as the best champagne’,  Anna has close ties to Mayo and Connemara – she has relations living in Balla, and her grandmother Pat O’Connell lived in Clifden for 28 years and was a prolific painter of the Connemara landscape.   
Irish mezzo soprano Kate Allen enjoys international recognition for her performances in Europe and the US. She began her studies in Dublin and went on to become the first Irish singer to win a scholarship to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Kate’s ties with the west are also strong. Her father hails from Galway town and she herself spent a lot of time there as a child. Her grandfather, originally from Waterford, settled in Galway in the 1950s, where he met her grandmother, who was from Doonbeg, Co Clare. Speaking from Stuttgart, where she is currently based, Kate said: ‘I’ve never been to Knock, so I’m really looking forward to it, and doing my first Messiah there too is very exciting!’ The two singers will be joined onstage by tenor Peter O’Reilly, bass John Molloy and a 180 strong choir, including members of the Mayo Chamber Choir and Cór Mhaigh Eo. Conductor Proinnsías Ó Duinn brings a wealth of experience to the instantly recognisable and inspirational tunes of Handel’s Messiah. RTÉ LyricFM listeners will see the face behind the much loved voice of presenter Liz Nolan, who will host the evening
Tickets are available online
at www.knockmessiah.com and in person at the Knock Shrine Information Office; IT Music, Cavendish Lane, Castlebar; and Forster Court, Galway.