DEREK WALSH'S Home Page.
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:
for the moment I have stopped at the 1930's.
FIRST APPEARANCE IN DUBLIN OF SIG. FOLI
“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,
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.