Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught hitting Hill Auditorium stage in 2nd U.S. recital tour

Tara Erraught (Courtesy photo)

Tara Erraught (Courtesy photo)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Mar. 18, 2014)
Diva is not the first word that comes to mind to describe the 27-year-old Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught. Talk to her for 20 minutes on the phone, as I did recently as she walked back to her Munich apartment, and the words that come to mind are hip, peppy, charming, enthusiastic.

If there’s no hauteur in her demeanor, there’s a musical lilt to her speech – amply peppered with words like “cool” and “awesome” — that’s riveting. It apparently translates onstage: critics have fallen over themselves to praise her singing, and as a member of Germany’s Bavarian State Opera (Bayerische Staatsoper) and a guest with other companies, plum mezzo roles have fallen her way – Sesto in Handel’s “La Clemenza di Tito;” Cinderella in Rossini’s “La Cenerentola,” for example.

Erraught (pronounced ErRACKED) makes a return to Glyndebourne this May (Octavian in R. Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier”) and a UK recital debut in April at London’s Wigmore Hall. And before then, there’s a U.S. recital tour, her second, that brings her to Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium Thursday under University Musical Society auspices, accompanied by Irish pianist Dearbhla Collins.

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