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MICHAELDERVAN

SATURDAY7

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.

SUNDAY8

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.

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