LENNEKERUITEN,FINGHIN COLLINS StCanice’sRomanCatholicChurch, Kilkenny8.30pm¤15/¤10 musicinkilkenny.com Dutch soprano Lenneke Ruiten was first brought to Ireland more than 10 years ago when pianist Finghin Collins secured a Music Network award for a six-concert tour in 2007. Martin Adams reviewed the tour in these pages and wrote that “She makes a song disclose the feeling that inspired the poetry”. This week Ruiten is squeezing in just a single concert in Ireland, between appearances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Mozart’s Zauberflöte at the Staatstheater Stuttgart. Her Kilkenny programme with Collins includes songs by Hahn, Chausson, Debussy, Britten and Strauss.
DUBLINSONGSERIES NCHKevinBarryRecitalRoom,Dublin 3pm¤15nch.ie Irish mezzo soprano Gemma Ní Bhriain, who’s currently making waves as a member of the International Opera Studio of Zurich Opera, opens the National Concert Hall’s new Sunday afternoon Dublin Song Series. She sings Mahler (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen), Schubert, Bizet, Viardot and Elgar (Sea Pictures) with pianist Hélio Vida. The later concerts in the series are both by German singers, soprano Juliane Banse on Sunday, April 29th, and baritone Benjamin Appl on Sunday, May 13th. Dearbhla Collins partners both at the piano.