Meet the Artist…Lauren Fagan

After graduating from Covent Garden’s prestigious Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, Lauren Fagan has developed into one of today’s finest young sopranos. Her debut this summer as Violetta in Rodula Gaitanou’s new production of La traviata for Opera Holland Park was met with unanimous critical acclaim for both her richness of tone and compelling stage presence. This season Lauren returns to the Royal Opera House as Woglinde in Keith Warner’s Ring Cycle under Sir Antonio Pappano, as well as making her role debut as Alcina at the Internationale Händel-Festspiele Karlsruhe.

“Fagan, one of today’s finest young sopranos, is exceptional throughout and a superb actor. Her tone blazes with existential defiance and desperation, and she possesses both the agility for act one – Sempre Libera is capped by a dazzling top E flat – and the dramatic weight for the closing scenes.” -The Guardian 2018

 

Notable recent highlights have included Roxana (Szymanowski’s Krol Roger) under Antonio Pappano in Rome with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with NHK Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Järvi, as well as Donna Anna and Musetta (La bohème) for her company debuts with Opera Holland Park and Welsh National Opera, respectively. Further ahead Lauren’s plans include her role debuts as both Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito) and Tatyana (Eugene Onegin).

Equally in demand on the concert stage, recent successes have included joining Sakari Oramo for Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music as part of the First Night of the BBC Proms, Peer Gynt with Orchestre national de Lyon under Leonard Slatkin, and Agnès in concert performances of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, with the Melos Sinfonia conducted by Oliver Zeffman, in London at LSO St Luke’s and also in St. Petersburg at the Mariinsky Theatre. This season Lauren sings Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with Symphoniker Hamburg under Eivind Gullberg-Jensen, and with Oslo Philharmonic conducted by Klaus Mäkelä, as well as joining the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for Tippett’s A Child of Our Time under David Hill.

During her seasons at Covent Garden, Lauren not only had the privilege of working with such esteemed conductors as Nicola Luisotti, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Mark Elder, Daniel Oren, Christian Curnyn, Cornelius Meister, Daniele Rustioni and Ivor Bolton but also developed an extensive repertoire of roles. Her appearances in a number of diverse productions on the main stage, ROH2, and the Linbury Theater included Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore), Lila (The Firework-Maker’s Daughter), Ines (Il trovatore), Sophie (Werther), Jemmy (Guillaume Tell), Lia (L’enfant prodigue), Blue Fairy (The Adventures of Pinocchio) and Giulia (La scala di seta).

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West Wicklow Festival Performances

Lauren will perform on Sunday 19th May 2019 in the beautifully historic St. Mary’s Church in Blessington. Lauren will be accompanied by West Wicklow Festival’s Founder & Artistic Director, Fiachra Garvey. In this very special performance, Lauren and Fiachra will also give the world premiere of a new commission by young composer, Lilly Vadaneaux.

Sunday 19th May
St. Mary’s Church | 1.30pm

Lauren Fagan | soprano
Fiachra Garvey | piano

Clara Schumann: Three Lieder, Op. 12
Rachmaninoff: Six Romances, Op. 38 (selections)
Grieg: Six Songs, Op. 48 (selections)
Lilly Vadaneaux: The Cloths of Heaven (new commission)
Poulenc: Deux Poems de Louis Aragon
Schubert: Ganymed, D. 544
Alfred Hill: “I thought I heard a magpie call” /  “A Little Town”

Strauss: Three Songs
Puccini: “Senza Mamma” from Suor Angelica
Gounod: “Dieu! Quel frisson…” from Romeo & Juliette

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To book tickets for this performance, please click here! 

 

Tickets Now On Sale for 2019 West Wicklow Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the third edition of the West Wicklow Festival which takes place from 15th – 19th May 2019. Building on the success of previous festivals, the 2019 West Wicklow Festival boasts an incredible line-up of musicians and artists from all over the world with concerts being held at Russborough House and St. Mary’s Church in Blessington.

Having doubled in size last year, the Festival has once again expanded its programme and added an extra day to the Festival which this year will feature 15 artists and 26 composers over 5 days.

The 2019 programme features performances from the captivating Australian soprano Lauren Fagan, internationally acclaimed violinist Elena Urioste with pianist Tom Poster, renowned French string quartet Quatuor Voce, the inspirational Trio Atanassov, the dynamic and energetic Duo Játékok and the Festival’s Founder and Artistic Director, renowned Irish pianist Fiachra Garvey.

 

This year’s programme marks two very important events – namely the 200th Anniversary of Clara Schumann’s birth and the centenary of the outbreak of the Irish War of Independence. We join in celebrating the music of Clara Schumann this year as well as music by other female composers and we have commissioned two new works in memory of the Irish War of Independence. I look forward to welcoming everyone to the stunning Russborough House in May to enjoy this fantastic programme in a uniquely intimate setting!” – Fiachra Garvey, Founder & Artistic Director

 

The West Wicklow Festival marks the 200th Birthday of perhaps the world’s most significant female composer, Clara Schumann, with performances of some of her most popular works. In conjunction with this, the Festival is also celebrating by championing other influential Irish and international female composers, including Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger, Rhona Clarke, Rhoda Coghill and Joan Trimble.

2019 also marks the centenary of the outbreak of the Irish War of Independence. To commemorate this event, the West Wicklow Festival has commissioned two new pieces, one from prominent Irish composer Sam Perkin and the other from young British composer Lilly Vadaneaux. Sam Perkin’s composition will receive its world premiere on the opening night of the Festival and will be performed by Fiachra Garvey as part of his own solo recital on Wednesday 15th May at Russborough House. Fiachra will also accompany acclaimed Australian soprano Lauren Fagan for the world premiere of Lilly Vadaneaux’s composition on Sunday 19th May in St. Mary’s Church, Blessington.

Founded in 2017 by award-winning Wicklow pianist Fiachra Garvey, the West Wicklow Festival was established in order to promote the beautiful area of West Wicklow by staging an annual festival featuring some of the world’s premiere artists, with a healthy Irish offering.  The inaugural West Wicklow Festival featured 3 sold out concerts in the stunning Russborough House, one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in Ireland and the second edition in 2018 successfully doubled in size with twice as many concerts, a Family Concert and an innovative Music Trail. Guests are invited to enjoy the intricate beauty of Russborough House in addition to experiencing some of the world’s finest musicians in a beautiful, intimate and awe-inspiring setting.

To book your tickets for the 2019 West Wicklow Festival, please click here!