“ON May 30 in Cappoquin soprano Sandra Oman and mezzo Norah King sang a resounding and convincing programme of songs, accompanied by Roy Holmes…For the original programme that day not only one singer but two were indisposed, so the equally fearless mezzo Norah King stepped in at the 11th hour (literally 11.00a.m.) to complete this Recital with music ranging across Dorabella’s agitated Smanie implacabili from Così, Poulenc’s valse chantée Chemins de l’amour, Carmen’s Habanera (Bizet) and Rosina’s Una voce poco fa from Rossini’s Barbiere.
These two voices then joined their considerable forces to cap a splendid Recital with two contrasting duets: Mozart’s duettino Sull’aria…che soave zeffiretto from Figaro, and Offenbach’s Venetian-styled Barcarollefrom his Contes d’Hoffmann.
Later that evening, transformed into Cinderella’s step-sisters, Oman and King would deliver another tour de force team performance at Lismore Castle’s pop-up opera house in Rossini’s Cenerentola.” George Fleeton
Photo: Frances Marshall Photography