The Doctor of Performing Arts programme is the Royal Conservatoire’s innovative professional doctorate in artistic practice.
This series of performances features student-led Professional Projects from students on the DPerf programme.
Pianist and D.Perf candidate Niall Kinsella performs a programme of Irish Art Songs from the 20th Century with mezzo-soprano, Sarah Richmond. This programme, The Art of Irish Song: Major Poets in Song, includes music by John F. Larchet (1884-1967), Ina Boyle (1889-1967), E.J. Morean (1894-1950), and centres around the vocal compositions of Rhoda Coghill (1903-2000). The recital features settings of poetry by Æ, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce and Walter de la Mare, among others.
Pianist Niall Kinsella has fast established himself as one of Ireland’s most exciting and sought-after accompanists and art-song specialists. He has been described as “a meticulous collaborator” (BBC Music Magazine) and “a first-class calling card as a knowledgeable and profound song accompanist” (Merker, Austria). He has recorded critically acclaimed CDs on Champs Hill Records (UK) and Gramola Klassik (Vienna) and has performed extensively across Europe.
Northern Irish mezzo-soprano Sarah Richmond is the winner of the 2021 Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition, 2022 New York NYIOP ANON Competition, and the Bernadette Greevy Bursary for Singers, presented by the National Concert Hall, Dublin. She is known for her emotional engagement, with Opera Magazine remarking “Her voice was bright and clear, her acting wholly convincing” and Online Musik Magazin praising her “powerful timbre and great radiance”.
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