Meet the Artist: Amy Ní Fhearraigh

Thursday, 3 September, 2020
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Soprano Amy Ní Fhearraigh is a graduate of the ABL Aviation Opera Studio and has performed in numerous INO productions, most recently as Gretel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. Read below to learn more about her musical inspiration as she prepares to make her role debut in September's performances of Least Like the Other, Searching for Rosemary Kennedy.

What kind of music do you most like listening to and why?

I genuinely listen to classical or operatic music mostly. I find it a very exciting genre of music. I love its complex nature, how it never ceases to move me or surprise me, and the selection is endless.

Liebestod is one of those pieces that, to me, is proof of how transcendent music is. I always listen to it, this is the piece that takes me to another world. The Tristan Chord is the reason it is so monumental. It appears early in the opera and you wait four hours for this chord to resolve. The tension builds and builds and builds, and in this aria that tension is released. I've yet to get through it without crying.

Who is your biggest musical inspiration?

I'm definitely more inspired by specific performances than a particular person. However, if I'm learning a new piece I always check if there are recordings of Mirella Freniperforming it. Nine times out of ten I just love what she does.

What was your first experience with opera?

I was 18 and my uncle played me the iconic recording of Puccini's La bohème starring Pavarotti and Mirella Freni. You'd never look back after listening to that, it's just stunning.

What’s your favourite opera or piece of musical theatre?

Oh god... I have no idea. Der Rosenkavalier is definitely up there, as is Tosca, Lucia di Lammermoor, Tristan und Isolde, Bluebeard's Castle. Too many!!

What was the last piece of music/song that you listened to?

A stunning recording of Montserrat Caballé singing the aria, 'Signore, ascolta' from Puccini's Turandot with the London Philharmonic. The last few phrases give me chills!