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Venetian Melodies at Magee

11 March 2010

The romance and drama of Venice will be evoked through song at the University of Ulster’s Magee campus next week.Rising opera star Marcella Walsh will be joined by pianist Deborah Henry for a recital of songs inspired by the beautiful Italian city, including pieces by Mendelssohn, Hahn, Head and Massenet.

A recent graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM), Marcella’s operatic debut came in 2009 when she performed the role of Serafina in Donizetti’s Il campanello at the Opera Fringe Festival. Since then, she has toured to critical acclaim singing Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, under the baton of Maestro Angelo Guaragna.

Marcella will be accompanied by pianist Deborah Henry, also a recent graduate of the RIAM and winner of the prestigious Teissier Scholarship in 2008. Niamh Pearce, Cultural Development Officer said: “This lunchtime concert is a great opportunity to hear one of Ireland’s most promising young opera stars at the outset of her professional career singing a delightful range of songs that capture and celebrate the spirit of Venice.”

Marcella Walsh and Deborah Henry will perform on Tuesday 16 March 2010.All lunchtime concerts take place at 1.15pm in the Great Hall,  Magee campus and admission is £3. For further information please contact the Cultural Development Office on: 028 7137 5456 or