Cara O'Sullivan

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Cara O'Sullivan (born 1962) is an Irish coloratura soprano singer.[1][2][3][4]

Background[edit]

O'Sullivan grew up in The Lough, Cork. Both of her parents and her grandparents on both sides were singers, though not professionally.[5][6] She has 3 siblings, including sisters Aoife and Nuala. Nuala represented Cork at the Rose of Tralee in the 1980s. O'Sullivan has a daughter, Christine, an accountant.[7][8][9][10] O'Sullivan lives in Frankfield, Cork.[11][12] She was nicknamed "Caradiva" by her friends.[13]

Career[edit]

O'Sullivan's family noted that her voice began to develop at the age of 12. She attended the Cork School of Music, where O'Sullivan stated that at 17 the head of the school, Jack Murphy, told her parents: "She can go anywhere in the world, she can be anything she wants to be, she can go to the very top."[14]

In her 20s, O'Sullivan took a break from singing for 4 years, returning to music after the birth of her daughter.[15]

O'Sullivan achieved her first major role in 1996 at the age of 34, as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Welsh National Opera. The world renowned Australian soprano Dame Joan Sutherland help O'Sullivan to prepare for the role. In 1997 and 1998, O'Sullivan starred as the Queen of the Night in the Opera North performances of The Magic Flute.[16] The Daily Telegraph praised her "spirit and diamantine accuracy".[17] She appeared on the 2008 anti-domestic violence charity album Sanctuary.

She has also performed Così fan tutte, La traviata, Handel's Messiah, and Faust.[18][19]

O'Sullivan's performances have included:

In 2019, O'Sullivan received the inaugural Cork Culture Award by Lord Mayor of Cork, Mick Finn.[20]

Voice[edit]

O'Sullivan is a dramatic coloratura soprano.[21] She has been described as a "fearsome coloratura" with "spitfire-like delivery".[22]

Health[edit]

Shortly before O'Sullivan was to begin rehearsals in Wales, she was diagnosed with cancer. The stage 2 leg tumour was discovered by her beautician during a waxing session. O'Sullivan has previously dismissed the lump as cellulite. The diagnosis did not affect her performances, as she received initial radiotherapy treatment in Ireland and then in Wales, continuing to work throughout, performing 20 times in 14 weeks.[23][24][25][26] She suffers from insomnia.[27]

O'Sullivan has had nodules removed from her vocal cords at the private Blackheath Hospital, London. After the operation, she recuperated at Glenstal Abbey, where she was completely silent for 1 week.[28][29][30][31][32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rte.ie/radio1/miriam-meets/programmes/2010/1017/347939-171010/
  2. ^ http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/leg-wax-led-to-cara-osullivans-cancer-diagnosis-438563.html
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-04-12. Retrieved 2017-04-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/cara-diva-irelands-great-soprano-celebrated-38451917.html
  5. ^ http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/soprano-cara-osullivan-is-a-bright-light-in-midwinter-371265.html
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-04-12. Retrieved 2017-04-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/singing-mothers-praises-26222450.html
  8. ^ http://www.rte.ie/radio1/miriam-meets/programmes/2010/1017/347939-171010/
  9. ^ http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/soprano-cara-osullivan-is-a-bright-light-in-midwinter-371265.html
  10. ^ http://www.independent.ie/life/waking-hours-with-coloratura-soprano-cara-osullivan-30979194.html
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-04-12. Retrieved 2017-04-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ http://www.independent.ie/life/waking-hours-with-coloratura-soprano-cara-osullivan-30979194.html
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-04-12. Retrieved 2017-04-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ http://www.rte.ie/radio1/miriam-meets/programmes/2010/1017/347939-171010/
  15. ^ http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/soprano-cara-osullivan-is-a-bright-light-in-midwinter-371265.html
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-04-12. Retrieved 2017-04-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/4711354/New-soprano-has-a-voice-like-Burgundy.html
  18. ^ http://www.independent.ie/life/waking-hours-with-coloratura-soprano-cara-osullivan-30979194.html
  19. ^ http://www.munster-express.ie/entertainment/cara-osullivans-concert-generating-great-interest/
  20. ^ https://westernpeople.ie/2019/04/09/superstar-cara-osullivan-receives-inaugural-cork-culture-award/
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-04-12. Retrieved 2017-04-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/opera-gala-national-concert-hall-1.32776
  23. ^ http://www.rte.ie/radio1/miriam-meets/programmes/2010/1017/347939-171010/
  24. ^ http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/i-thought-it-was-cellulite-but-it-was-cancer-singer-owes-life-to-eagleeyed-beautician-35361332.html
  25. ^ http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/soprano-cara-osullivan-is-a-bright-light-in-midwinter-371265.html
  26. ^ http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/leg-wax-led-to-cara-osullivans-cancer-diagnosis-438563.html
  27. ^ http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/healthandlife/the-shape-im-incara-osullivan-soprano-442457.html
  28. ^ http://www.independent.ie/life/waking-hours-with-coloratura-soprano-cara-osullivan-30979194.html
  29. ^ http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/cara-osullivan-overcame-the-most-frightening-moment-of-her-life-377905.html
  30. ^ https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/the-best-classical-music-and-opera-to-see-this-week-1.4023611
  31. ^ https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/cara-osullivan-to-be-honoured-with-concert-and-city-award-904333.html
  32. ^ https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/second-celebratory-concert-for-cara-osullivan-announced-908382.html