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Irish Friday Club on 8 October with Dr. Angela Feeney

The Embassy had the honour of welcoming Dr. Angela Feeney, an acclaimed opera singer (Soprano), as invited speaker for the Irish Friday Club on 8 October 2021.

Angela talked about her long and distinguished career as an opera singer and her work as a coordinator of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Munich. She shared personal tales about her formative years and what inspired her to pursue and build a career in her field. She also detailed her life’s journey and gave insights into the importance of singing for one’s well-being.

Angela was born in Belfast and studied at the Belfast School of Music, with Veronica (Ronnie) Dunne at the DIT College of Music in Dublin. She made her debut as Cherubino in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ with the Irish National Opera and as Magdalena in ‘Rigoletto’ with the Dublin Grand Opera Society. A multiple prize-winner throughout the Festivals in Ireland culminating in the prestigious DIT John McCormack two year scholarship award to continue her studies in Munich.
 
In this early period of study Angela travelled to Dublin every Saturday for her singing lesson with Ronnie Dunne at DIT. At this time she worked for HM Customs and Excise, Belfast, as a PA. She later resigned to become a full time Student at the DIT.

In July 2006 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Queen’s University, Belfast for her promotion of Ireland in the Classical World of Music and her unending commitment to the young classical Musician’s throughout Ireland.From 2003-2017 Angela was Senior Tutor of Voice/stage skills and Chamber Music at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Angela was one of a panel of four to judge the inaugural RTÉ ‘All Ireland School Choir Competition’ 2009, the final of which was televised live from the Ulster Hall. In its seven years, it is one of RTÉ’s most successful programmes streamed live the last three years from Titanic Belfast.

In 2019 she was elected Chair of Munich Irish Network MIN which organizes the largest St Patrick’s Day Parade in Europe, outside of Dublin and the second-largest in Bavaria after the Oktoberfest in Munich.

She was appointed a Board Member of the German Irish Council in 2019 by the Irish Embassy in Berlin which aims to promote a ‘deeper and wider footprint between Germany and Ireland’.

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