Irish Sopranos offer sweet harmoniesWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Irish Sopranos are packing. They’ve got pipes to blow any audience away.
The trio — Wendy Dwyer, Kay Lynch and Deirdre Masterson — will play Carnegie Hall in New York and then bring their holiday show to the Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St., at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling (419) 382-1505.
”We have a gorgeous selection of Christmas songs, including a lovely little medley reminiscent of the Andrew Sisters,” Dwyer said last week from New York. ”We do a lot of standards. Our program, because some of it is classical, a lot of the music is inspirational anyway. That falls under the Christmas banner for me — it’s all about love and the Christmas feeling.”
U.S. audiences have embraced the Irish Sopranos since their stateside debut in 2004.
”The warmth of the people in this country is phenomenal. From the moment we got here, people just opened their arms to us. That feeds our souls,” Dwyer said.
The women have been winning hearts with their voices. Classically trained, they are different sopranos: Dwyer is a lyric soprano, Lynch is a lyric coloratura soprano, and Masterson is a dramatic soprano.
”It makes for a great blend,” Dwyer said. ”If we all had the same voice type, we’d fight for the same notes. Our combination means a better sound, better harmony.”
That arrangement has worked well since the trio formed in 2003 in Ireland.
”We’re good friends. I don’t think we could do it if we weren’t, especially because we’re women. I think it’s different for men; they have a different outlook on life,” Dwyer said. ”Obviously, we have differences of opinions, but nothing that leads to fights, thank God.”
The ladies have a leg up on the men when it comes to the glitz factor. ”Our dresses are pretty spectacular. We have to keep our wardrobe going. It’s part of the whole show; we like to treat our audiences,” Dwyer said. ”In this business, in addition to the singing, you need to have a marketing image.”
The Irish Sopranos hope to be in the business for a while.
”We’re not sure of the shelf life. We’d like to get to the level of the Irish Tenors. We love the small theaters — the people are so friendly. At the same time, we’d like to play bigger halls,” Dwyer said. ”Professionally, we’re at that level. It’s just a matter of breaking it to the next level.”
In January, the women plan to head back to the studio to record a follow-up to A Time for Us.
”We’re thinking of hitting people with Irish and inspirational songs for the next album,” Dwyer said.