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Hi welcome to my first home Page. I am interested in Opera in general but with special reference Irish Composers and singers.

I am also interested in preserving all documentary material ie. Scores, Letters, Playbills, Programmes, Engravings, Photographs, and of course recordings of the artists where they exist. This with a view to a long-term idea of setting up a permanent Musical display and a National Sound Archive (Ireland is almost the last in Europe without a National Sound archive) At long last this is now on foot.. Over the years I have managed to collect some material of  some of the following:


Irish Composers & Singers

for the moment I have stopped at the 1930's.




 THEATRE ROYAL DUBLIN. Mr.Harris has the honour to announce a series of Italian Operas commencing on THIS EVENING Monday Sept.18th and terminating on Saturday October 7th with the following distinguished artists  of Her Majesties Theatre,Mdlle. Titiens, Mdlle.  Sinico,Mdlle. Sarolta (Frst Appearence in Dublin) Mdlle.Redi (First app.) Mdme.De Meric Lablache (F/A in D) Sig. Mario,Sig. Flippi,(F/A in D)  Sig. Stagno(F/A in D)  SIG. FOLI (F/A in Dublin.) Signori, Bossi,Casaboni,Vercellini,and Mr. Santley.Cond. Arditi, Leader. Leavy.
This Evening Monday 18th  FAUST ,To-morrow Tuesday Sept 19th  NORMA, Wedensday Sept 20th RIGOLETTO, Thursday Sept 21st, DON GIOVANNI. Box office opens daily fron Eleven to Four under the direction of Mr Guy. Doors open at Half past Seven to commence at Eight .Private Boxex 6 Guineas,4 Guineas and 3 Guineas,Dress Circle  ?? Second Circle ?? ,Pit  3s ?Lower Gallery 2s, Upper Gallery 1s ,No Second price" 


A Major Biography of Catherine Hayes was published in September 2000. This book provides the first authoritative biography of the Limerick Born Diva.

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 The same applies to the former Theatre Royal Dublin (Old & New), Gaiety Theatre, and other theatres around Ireland. I have a large library of Opera reference books. I have lent some small assistance in the Preparation of the John O'Sullivan CD, also the Biography of Margaret Sheridan by Anne Chambers and in the forth coming Biographies of Catherine Hayes and John O'Sullivan and I am working on a continuation of Dr. Tom Walsh's Monumental work "Opera in Dublin" I am going from 1820 Onwards If I live long enough. Formerly of RTE (Irish National Television & Radio) , until recently I have been lecturing on Opera both in Dublin & London. I have made many International contacts through " Collector's Records" my record distribution company, which specialized in recordings of Great Singers of the Past.

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