Sharon Carty, mezzo-soprano; Judit Maté, organ

Tuesday 7 September 2021 at 20:00

Dávid Kósa (b. 1977)

Toccata Gala

Pál Esterházy (1635 - 1713)

Two cantatas from Harmonia Caelestis

Cur fles, Iesu

O quam dulcis

J. S. Bach (1675-1750)

Concerto in A minor, BWV 593

Allegro

Adagio

Allegro

Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)

My Heart's in the Highlands

Andrew Synnott (b. 1970)

Composition on Three Staves

Pál Esterházy

Harmonia Caelestis - O mors

Dezsö Antalffy-Zsíross (1885 -1945)

Herzliebster Jesu

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Choral: ‘Nun danket alle Gott’

Judit Maté is a Hungarian-born organist, church musician and choral conductor living in Ireland since 2008. Judit grew up studying music through the Kodály method and started learning to play the organ at the age of fourteen from local organist and music teacher, Edit Sabján. Judit gained her BA degree in Music Education and Church Music in 2006 in Hungary and she completed her Master’s Degree in Organ Performance in 2016 at DIT Conservatory of Music in Dublin. Her organ tutors in Ireland have been Simon Harden, Siobhan Kilkelly, Colm Carey, Douglas Hollick and Dr David Adams. Judit has participated in masterclasses with Douglas Hollick, Dame Gillian Wier, Pier Damiano Peretti, Malcolm Proud, Prof. Henry Fairs and Szilárd Kovács. Judit has been the organist and musical director of St Jude the Apostle Church, Templeogue since 2010 and the Church of the Divine Word, Rathfarnham since 2014. In 2011 she founded and since then has been conducting the St Jude’s Chamber Orchestra and Concert Choir. This project-based group has premiered in Ireland various works by Hungarian composers and has performed works by Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Mozart and Rheinberger. Since 2006 Judit has played many organ recitals in Hungary, France and in Ireland.

Sharon Carty is an alumna of the RIAM Dublin, MDW Vienna, and the Oper Frankfurt Young Artists programme. Her opera repertoire includes, among others, roles such as Sesto in Giulio Cesare, Hänsel, Dorabella, Dido, Piacere in Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, Ariodante, and Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. She recently created the role of “Amy” in the world premiere of Donnacha Dennehy’s and Enda Walsh’s Fedora prize-winning opera “The Second Violinist”. In demand on the concert platform across Europe, her concert and oratorio repertoire includes most of the major works by Mozart, Bach, Handel, Elgar, Mendelssohn and Duruflé. She is also a dedicated recitalist, most recently appearing in recital with pianists Jonathan Ware, Finghin Collins and Graham Johnson. Recent highlights include London and Amsterdam opera debuts with The Second Violinist, her Wexford Festival Opera debut as Lucy Talbot in the European première of William Bolcombe’s Dinner at Eight, the role of “Ceres” in the world premiere of Silvia Colasanti’s Proserpine at the 2019 Festival di Spoleto. Recordings include Gilbert & Cellier’s comic opera The Mountebanks with the BBC Concert Orchestra, and La Traviata on DVD with the NDR Radiophilhamonie alongside Thomas Hampson and Marina Rebeka. A disc of Schubert songs was released in May 2020 with pianist Jonathan Ware.