DUBLIN soprano Regina Nathan will return to the island this month to perform in the Erin Arts Centre.
When the Irish chantress, of Ennis town, Co Clare, visited the island last July she sang a mix of well-known operatic pieces, show tunes and folk songs in the Centenary Centre in Peel.
This time, on Saturday, February 23, she will offer a more classical programme including pieces by Handel, Schubert, Brahms, Liszt, Puccini and Dvorak.
Although she explained: ‘I would hope that people will not find the music chosen daunting, as is sometimes the case when they see names like Brahms and Schubert etc.
‘It is well-known music which will be recognised when you hear it and it’s very beautiful. Keep in mind that these songs were considered “popular” music of the time! The second half of the programme is of a more lighter vein.’
While here this month, Regina will also perform a concert at 7.45pm on Monday, Febraury 25 at Ramsey Grammar School (call June Young on 430789 for more details).
Her career in opera, concert and recital has taken her from her native Ireland across Europe, and as far as Kuala Lumpur and New York’s Carnegie Hall.
She has performed with Placido Domingo, in the highly successful Faith of Our Father’s concerts, and has performed in operatic roles worldwide.
She loved singing from a very young age and went to a very musically orientated school performing in all the annual musicals, shows and competitions. Regina went on to study singing while doing a degree in music. From there she got a place at the National Opera Studio in London, after which her classical career really started to take off.
As well as opera, Regina performs recitals and concerts in various other music genres.
‘I chose very early on in my career not to specialise in one or the other,’ she said, ‘Each genre really brings out a different skill to be worked on and perfected!
‘I love the whole sensation of singing, how it makes me feel and then to share voice and music with people who are open and willing to share with you is a very powerful communication.’
Although her brother Xavier, a hypnotherapist, lives in Peel, last year was her first island performance.
She explained: ‘Due to work commitments to date, I haven’t had many opportunities to visit the island or my family as much as I would have liked. But I love visiting, it is so beautiful. I love the walks, the views, the people. And I am hoping my concerts here will become an annual event that will allow me to establish a relationship with the island and give me every excuse to visit as often as possible.’
Since her visit last summer, Regina has been busy learning a new repertoire and organising venues to tour her two projects My World Is My Song and Operatic Arias & Sacred Music throughout 2013 and 2014.
My World Is My Song premiered in the Mullingar Arts Centre in Ireland, to a great reception. It features an eclectic mix of songs and arias which either tell a story or express an overall experience in each scene.
Regina is hoping to perform it in Peel in October.
At Christmas she also made her usual appearance at the Annual Christmas Concert in her hometown and she sang at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, as part of the Three Sopranos, which also features Cara O’Sullivan and Celine Byrne.
The trio sing with the RTE Symphony Orchestra and plan to tour their show around Ireland in June.
Tickets for the Port Erin concert this month cost £25, students are £1. Call the centre box office on 832662. The show starts at 8pm.