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    Friday, 7 - 8pm

    Friday 9th October 

    Digitising Rita

    Rita Lynch was born in Macroom in 1914 and showed an early talent for singing which was encouraged by her mother. Despite having her early career disrupted by the Second World War she went on to record for HMV and to tour extensively performing in operas, concerts and oratorios in Ireland, the UK and the USA. In this programme Evelyn Grant visits the soprano’s daughter Mary Shaw as she sifts through the extensive personal archive of letters, programmes, costumes, recordings and stories which her mother left behind. We get a portrait of the singer and the times she lived in. Rita Lynch’s archive has now being digitised by Cork City Libraries. 

    The Lyric Feature Friday 27 September 2013


    The Lyric Feature - Wagner's Music in Ireland

    Wagner’s Music in Ireland is a two-part documentary exploring the relationship of Irish audiences, authors, critics and composers with the music of Wagner over the past 150 years.

    In this, the bi-centenary year of Richard Wagner’s birth, Michael Murphy, lecturer in the Department of Music, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, investigates the peformance history of Wagner’s music in Ireland from the 1860s to today. Featuring contributions from musicologists and musicians, the programmes explore Wagner’s art and how it influenced Irish composers and authors such Stanford and Harty, Joyce and Synge.

    The first programme investigates how Wagner’s music became increasingly popular with Irish audiences from the 1860s up to the early 1900s.

    The contributors are: Christopher Morris, Ita Beausang, Jeremy Dibble, Aine Sheil, Axel Klein and Jennifer O’Connor-Madsen. The reader is Lorcan Cranitch.

    The programme was produced by Claire Cunningham. This is a Rockfinch production ( for RTÉ lyric FM. Sound supervision by Tinpot Productions.

    This programme was made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.


    The programme includes extracts from:

    Prelude to Act 1 of Tristan und Isolde, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, cond. Fergus Sheil

    Prelude to Die WalkureVienna Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Bruno Walter

    Tannhauser Overture, Jorge Bolet (Wagner, arr. Liszt)

    Tannhauser, Act III, Sc 1, Pilgrim's March, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Cheryl Studer, Andreas Schmidt, Philharmonia Orchestra, cond. Giuseppe Sinopoli

    Lohengrin, Act III. ‘In fernem Land’, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Jess Thomas, cond. Rudolf Kempe

    The Flying Dutchman, ‘Senta my child’, John Tomlinson, London Philharmonia Orchestra, cond. David Parry

    Prelude to Die Meistersinger, National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, cond. Alexander Anissimov

    Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, cond. Alexander Anissimov

    Parsifal Act III, final scene, ‘Höchsten Heiles Wunder’, Berliner Philharmoniker, Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin, cond. Barenboim

    The Lyric Feature is RTÉ lyric fm's weekly documentary and music feature programme. Programmes are produced in house by Lyric fm staff or in collaboration with independent production companies. Subject matter varies from week to week but most of the programmes aim to provide insight into music and music making.

    The Lyric Feature is currently accepting proposals from independent producers and production companies for the BAI's Sound and Vision III Round 24. See here for details

    Music Played on the Show

    • 19:21
      Title: Introduction To Salome
      Performer(s): Doyle, Roger
      Performer(s): Doyle, Roger
      Duration: 6:53

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