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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Sir Thomas going for a song at Dr Tom lecture at Wexford Festival Opera

Wexford Festival Opera: Oct 19 - Nov 4

Sir Thomas Allen
Sir Thomas Allen

Maria Pepper

The Dr Tom Walsh Lecture taking place on Saturday, October 20 will be given this year by the celebrated British baritone Sir Thomas Allen, who has decided to sing as part of his presentation. He will be accompanied by the accomplished conductor, Stephen Higgins.

To facilitate the enhanced event, the time and venue have been changed and it will now take place at the slightly earlier time of 10.30 a.m. (previously scheduled for 11 a.m.) and will be held in the more suitable performing venue of St. Iberius Church on Wexford's Main Street.

Tickets for the revised programme are €15. Due to the design of the venue, seating is on a first-come-first-served basis.

Sir Thomas Allen is one of the most renowned lyric baritones of his generation. Known for his commanding stage presence as well as outstanding vocal and acting prowess on the operatic stage, he has mesmerised audiences from across the world for over forty years since his operatic debut in 1969.

As an established star of the great opera houses of the world, he has sung over fifty roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; in 2012 he celebrated the 40th anniversary of his debut with the company.

An acclaimed recitalist, he is equally renowned on the concert platform and has appeared with the world's great orchestras and conductors. He is Chancellor of Durham University.

His many honours include the title of Bayerischer Kammersänger awarded by the Bayerische Staatsoper. In the New Year's Honours of 1989 he was created a Commander of the British Empire and in the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honours he was made a Knight Bachelor. Among his proudest achievements is having a Channel Tunnel locomotive named after him; and most recently, being awarded the Queen's Medal for Music 2013.

This year's Dr Tom Walsh Lecture is supported by Victoria Walsh-Hamer.

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