Deirdre Moynihan

What I do: I am a soprano and a traditional Irish musician.

Favourite café: The Woodford in Cork city is a great place for lunch — a relatively recent discovery.

Current listening: I’ve just revisited an old CD called Infliction by a Derry band called Sheer.

The last gig I attended: The RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by John Wilson performing the score of The Bride of Frankenstein at the National Concert Hall.

The last book I read: White Teeth by Zadie Smith.

My last trip to the theatre: Little Women at the Gate Theatre.

The last exhibition I attended: Dublin Contemporary 2011 — Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin.

My favourite film: It’s hard to pick one favourite, but these are a few films that I really enjoyed — One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Lost in Translation, La Vita É Bella.

My favourite writer/artist/musician: Some really interesting books by Haruki Murakami, Ayn Rand and Arundhati Roy. Last year I bought a beautiful seascape painting by Galway artist Mary Horan, which I love. Again, it’s difficult to choose just one favourite musician but I love the song writing of the American artist Shawn Colvin and enjoy listening to recordings by Maria Callas and Emma Kirkby.

I was in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam a few years ago and saw a stunning collection of Rembrandt paintings — they made a lasting impression on me.

My favourite venue: It’s always a pleasure to sing in the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin as it’s such a beautiful setting and the audience is very warm. For traditional gigs, I love the atmosphere in Matt Molloy’s of Westport.

The writer/artist/musician I would most like to meet: Celebrated soprano Renée Fleming — having read her biography, I’d imagine she is a very interesting person.

Bio: As a soprano soloist, Deirdre Moynihan has performed with many orchestral, choral, operatic and chamber music groups, both on the international stage and throughout Ireland. Her concert career has taken her to America, Japan, Canada, Israel, Brazil, Lebanon, China and throughout Europe. She holds an MA in vocal performance from the Cork School of Music and has received a number of Bursary Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland. Further information:

* Upcoming concerts: Handel’s Messiah (Cork, Dublin & Galway) — Presented by the Irish Baroque Orchestra & Resurgam, with guest director Jeffrey Skidmore at the helm, these performances will include four soloists: soprano Deirdre Moynihan, counter tenor Stephen Wallace, tenor Eamonn Mulhall and Greg Skidmore, baritone.

Performances take place in Triskel Christchurch, Cork (Thursday, December 8), Christ Church Cathedral Dublin (Friday, December 9) and St Nicholas Collegiate Church in Galway (Saturday, December 10). All performances start at 7.30pm.

Interview: Marc O’Sullivan

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