Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) is delighted to announce acclaimed Irish Mezzo Soprano Sharon Carty as our inaugural Artist in Association for the 23/24 concert season.
Irish mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty is a singer who has firmly established a reputation as a respected interpreter of both early and contemporary works, alongside maintaining a busy schedule in mainstream opera and concert repertoire. A regular collaborator with orchestras across Europe, her discography includes La Traviata on Naxos DVD with the NDR Radiophilharmonie alongside Thomas Hampson and Marina Rebeka as well as The Mountebanks (Gilbert/Cellier) on CD with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Sharon will perform twice in our 2023/24 season, showing further facets of her artistic personality as she captivates her audiences with her enthusiasm and technical brilliance. She will also undertake singing workshops with our young Sing Out With Strings students during her residency with ICO. This will provide the schools and students with the experience of working collaboratively with a professional singer in the classroom.
In September, Sharon joins ICO and Soprano Anna Devin to sing Pergolesi’s iconic Stabat Mater which will tour to Waterford, Limerick, Clifden and Birr from 20-23 September. In February 2024, Sharon will perform Deirdre Gribbin’s emotive song cycle, which was an absolute hit when premiered at The Kilkenny Arts Festival. Gribbin’s son Ethan Stein, a young poet with Down Syndrome wrote the lyrics and Sharon sings this remarkable mother-and-son’s journey. She also performs Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, one of Mahler’s most beautiful and moving songs.
“As Artist in Association, I have a wonderful opportunity to get to know the orchestra, a new audience, a community and find ways to be helpful within it. I’m looking forward to exploring these connections and being of artistic service to the orchestra, its music lovers, and to making great music with ICO,”
– Sharon Carty, Mezzo-Soprano
“This new initiative allows us to raise the curtain on an enriching collaborative relationship while at the same time offer opportunity to our incoming associate artist. Its explicit aim is to create new artistic inspiration and develop long-term partnerships through more in-depth, shared music-making. This residency will provide valuable time and resources for Sharon to further develop her practice which we look forward to sharing with our audiences over the 23/24 concert season”.
– Gerard Keenan, CEO Irish Chamber Orchestra