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    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 4 October 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 second programme traces the progress of Wagner’s music in Ireland from the early 1900s up to the present.

    The contributors are: Ita Beausang, Axel Klein, Gavan Ring, Jeremy Dibble, Harry White, Ian Fox, Christopher Morris, Fergus Sheil and Mark Fitzgerald. 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 II of Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, cond. Fergus Sheil

    Ode to a Nightingale (Harty) Heather Harper sop, Ulster Orchestra, cond. Bryden Thomson

    Gotterdammerung, Act II (Wagner) Daniel Lewis WiIlliams (Hagen), National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, Alexander Anissimov

    Die Walkure, Act I Scene III (Wagner) Lotte Lehmann (Sieglinde), Metropolitan Opera, cond. Erch Leinsdorf

    Das Rheingold, Scene 1 (Wagner) Franzita Whelan, Emer McGilloway, Colette McGahon (Rhinemaidens), Rolf Haunstein (Alberich), National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, Alexander Anissimov

    The Flying Dutchman Johannes von Duisburg (Dutchman), DGOS, RTE Concert Orchestra, cond. Laurent Wagner

    Die Walkure, Act III, finale Frode Olsen (Wotan), Janice Baird (Brunnhilde), National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, Alexander Anissimov

    Siegfried, Act I,The forging of Notung Alan Woodrow (Siegfried), National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, Alexander Anissimov

    Love duet, Act III of Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) Miriam Murphy (Isolde), Lars Cleveman (Tristan), National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, cond. Fergus Sheil

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


    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.

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