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The Two and a Half Tenors for Hire
Ireland’s Opera Super Group
Derek, Ryan and Nyle, each renowned vocalists in their own right, have joined forces to bring audiences a new and exciting Three Tenors for Hire style show; with a twist.
As The Two and a Half Tenors, they present thrilling, fast-moving presentations packed with music and laughter, featuring well loved songs, with magical and uplifting memories.
A phenomenal live act, delivering laughter, good times and even the odd sing-along. Combining their talents and classically-trained voices to entertain a wide and varied audience base, the boys offer a unique evening out.
Our three tenor super stars have been entertaining sell out crowds at their public concerts since their launch in 2015. They are one of Singers for Hire’s most popular acts for private parties and celebrations.
The Debut Concert Back in 2015:
The Two and a Half Tenors & the Devastating Diva
Hogan’s Farm Yard, Templebraden, Pallasgreen
Thursday 25 June at 6pm
Enjoy an Irish summer evening this June 25th in the company of friends and family at the most unique musical event of the summer; The Farm Yard Proms featuring the Tenors of Comedy “Two and a Half Tenors” with the “Devastating Diva”.
Fall in love again with familiar melodies and prepare to re-discover some of the most beautiful songs ever written, as the usually sedate townland of Templebraden in Pallasgreen comes alive with the sound of music.
The 2015 “Farmyard Proms”
A free Tenors for Hire concert in the shadow of Sarsfield’s Rock staring four of the country’s top voices; Limerick soprano Jean Wallace & “two and a half” tenors; Ryan Morgan, Derek Ryan & Nyle Wolfe will delight the audience with such popular favourites as O Mio Babbino Caro, If I Were a Rich Man, Fields of Athenry and Nessun Dorma. Rumours also abound that Marco acclaimed the Opera Singing Chef will also make an appearance.
Concert, BBQ & Ice Cream!
All are welcome to this free community event, supported by Limerick City & County Council and produced by Singersforhire.com. Gates open at 6pm with a BBQ and ice cream treats available. In addition to highlights from your favourite operas and music theatre shows, this unforgettable night will feature sporting anthems, Irish songs and big band swing standards.
Comfortable in many languages and genres from classical, swing, gospel and folk they’ll transport your audience on a spellbinding musical journey in story, music and song.
Three Tenors for Hire
Local farmers in are hoping for a boost to both milk and meat quality over to coming months, thanks to an initiative by the tenors for hire opera super group “Two and a Half Tenors”.
Classical music is often played to the much lauded Kobe beef cattle in Japan, which supply the most expensive steak in the world. Italian Valdostana cows’ milk is renowned for its significant contribution to the production of the best gelato, largely because of their enjoyment of opera while grazing.
Now Irish farmers will get the opportunity to judge the effect of tenors for hire and classical music on their Freisian and Angus cattle as the tenors plan a free open air concert in a farmyard beside the historic Sarsfield’s Rock in Pallasgreen.
The timing of the event could not be better as local producers are looking at various opportunities to boost output, while maintaining quality following the recent removal of milk production quotas in Ireland. The aptly named “Farmyard Proms” tenors for hire opera concert might prove to be a most harmonious solution.
IFA representatives have welcomed the singers and local breeders are enthusiastic about the project. Farmer Tom Breen has sung Irish Ballads to his herd for many years and has always found that the animals are calmer and produce creamier milk. He is convinced that high brow opera songs and calming classical melodies will further reduce stress and encourage a superior product. “A contented cow is likely to produce more milk and anything that enhances that can only be a good thing.”
Music promoter Riah Hogan of Singersforhire.com, who are supplying the singers for the event, believes that the farm’s Freisian cows will prove a most receptive and appreciative audience but hopes that locals will also come in “Herds” to the event on June 25th. She just hopes that the high Cs of guest artists Jean Wallace, Ryan Morgan, Derek Ryan & Nyle Wolfe won’t split the cream!
Three Tenors for Hire Review:
Classy singing, mixed with a dollop of fun, warmed a cold February night at the Royal. This is a slick and professional night out with three top class singers and guest diva Jean Wallace from Limerick. The tongue-in-cheek title of the trio, Two and a Half Tenors, comes from the little and large nature of the three singers. Tenor Ryan Morgan is a line-out’s delight at 6’7”, bass Derek Ryan is a prop forward large 6’2”, while poor old baritone Nyle Wolfe is a diminishing 5’6”. Still an out half I suppose. The title indicates the fun and entertainment the trio magics up all night.
Everyone on stage is a superb singer, blends effortlessly and the programme is an eclectic delight with a song for everyone in the audience. “O Sole Mio” is a big opening with tight harmonies and show-off solos before a Dino “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” has the house humming along. The trio really work the house with big gestures, interesting facials and musical gags that sucks their audience in.
Derek Ryan delivers a big “Anthem” from Chess, with a dramatic finish that is full of passion and patriotism and panache. Nyle Wolfe wanders around the house with a simple and clever “Tit Willow” that invites lines and chorus from the audience. It’s simple tune that is full of wistful nostalgia and fun and Nyle really nails it. Derek Ryan’s “Music of the Night” is powerfully set and lit by Dermot Quinn against that magnificent back wall of the theatre that is one of the old walls of the city. The postern door of the wall is a reminder of medieval times, of who we are and the rich heritage we share as Waterford people.
These guys are big on musicals. The Brecht/Kurt Weill black-humoured “Mack the Knife” is a swingy-bluesy ballad that kicks off “There is Nothing Like a Dame”, that bounces off the boards. Soprano Jean Wallace has an entrance to die for with thunder and lightning sound effects that backdrops her Magic Flute aria. Jean’s soprano is big and melodic and this singer is naturally musical and an excellent foil for the two and a half boyos. Her “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel is a powerful reminder of the great musical tradition of the Urbs Intacta.
There’s always space for the “Fields of Athenry” that brings a sense of stillness to a programme. It’s a reminder of famine times when we lost two million people from this small island to starvation and emigration. It’s Syria really, with economic and institutional violence instead of what today is a civil war.
The second half kicks on with a series of big hits from the musicals, The Impossible Dream…Some Enchanted Evening…Maria….If I Were a Rich Man…I Could Have Danced All Night…Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better. Jean Wallace sings Musetta’s aria from La Bohème and it’s a tearful joy before the boys don the Blues Brothers shades for “Hi de Hi de Hi de Hi”, with the audience roaring back the chorus. Blues Brothers Jake and Elwood would have been thrilled.
On it went with the 2.5 singers working their audience. Everyone seems to know the words of “That’s Amore” before “Sweet Caroline” had us all doing the hands thing. A “Merry Widow Waltz” romanced the Royal before the boys exited through the house on “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” and then shook hands with everyone at the reception.
Multiply 2.5 tenors by 14.7 and you have a good idea of the talent and entertainment on offer at the Royal on Thursday last.
Waterford News and Star