Irish Tenors Biography
Born in Kinsdale, County Cork, Finbar Wright, son of Julia and Robert, began his musical education at the age of six. Studying piano and theory of music with Ms. Maura Hourihane, a local teacher whose dedication and love of music left a permanent mark on his life. His formal studies in the vocal arts did not come until 1984 at the Cork School of Music where he studied singing with Robert Beare, theory of music with George Dunne and piano with Angel Climent. In 1986 he won all the major singing awards at Feis Ceoil, Dublin. Subsequently he studied with Ernst Haefligger in Munich and internationally acclaimed soprano Ileana Cotrubas at Aldeburgh, England. However, the greatest influence on his vocal technique and musical confidence has been that of Dr. Veronica Dunne in Dublin with whom he continues to study whenever possible. Finbar Wright began his professional career in 1989 and already it spans a dazzling spectrum of achievement - everything from singing the title role in Mozart's "Clemenza De Tito" at the National Concert Hall, Dublin to bringing five thousand people to their feet at the legendary Chicago theatre in a concert of popular song. Finbar has emerged in just a few years as one of Ireland's great romantic singers. He has hosted his own highly rated television series for RTE and undertaken major concert tours of Canada, USA and Australia. On a previous Australian trip he toured with the world famous Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Monserrat Caballe personally invited Finbar to be her special guest when she made her concert debut in Dublin in 1993. He has appeared in public performance with such diverse personalities as Pope John Paul II, Kiri Te Kanawa and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Though Ronan Tynan's singing career has made him a star, his personal story of triumph in the face of adversity is the stuff of which legends are made. The subject of an ABC-TV 20/20 profile, Barbara Walters stated, "Here on 20/20, we've told you about a lot of incredible people, but we have never profiled anyone with the accomplishments of the man you're about to meet. Most people believed he wouldn't even be able to earn a living, but what he has done is so amazing you may find it hard to believe. It's a wonderful story". Ronan was born forty years ago with lower limb disability. When he was twenty, his legs had to be amputated below the knee after an auto accident caused complications. Just weeks after the operation, he was climbing up the steps of his college dorm. Within a year, he was winning gold medals in the disabled games. Between 1981 and 1984, Ronan amassed eighteen gold medals and fourteen world records. It was this kind of determination that soon propelled him to conquer a whole new field. He became the first disabled person ever admitted to the National College of Physical Education, and then a full-fledged Medical Doctor, specializing in Orthopedic Sports Injuries, with a degree from prestigious Trinity College. Encouraged to study voice by his father, Ronan won both the John McCormick Cup for Tenor Voice and the BBC talent show Go For It less than one year after beginning to study music. The following year, Ronan won the prestigious International Operatic Singing Competition in Maumarde, France. His debut Sony album became a top five hit in two weeks, going platinum shortly thereafter. Ronan has just completed his autobiography to be published in February of 2001. Ronan's second solo CD; will also be distributed worldwide in February 2001. Ronan says "I want people to realize that regardless of what infirmity or disability, it should never stop you from doing what you want to do. You can mentally make your mind strong enough to overcome any obstacle that comes your way. Make a deal with yourself to take risks, because when you do and it come out right, boy it's some buzz!."
Anthony was born on August 17th 1971 in the beautiful town of Kiltealy in County Wexford, Ireland. He is one of a family of two boys and three girls, all of whom are musical. Though he now has a home in Dublin, he is a Wexford man through and through. It was in 1990 that Anthony took probably the most important step in his life. He entered a singing competition in Dublin. He sang 'The Impossible Dream' and then 'Danny Boy' for an encore, and ended up winning the competition. An appearance on 'The Late Late Show' followed, before Veronica Dunne, one of the adjudicators in the competition and the person generally seen as Ireland's top singing teacher, approached him. Basically, she said "get yourself over here now, we have work to do". Anthony says "I ended up spending three years working with her, and she really brought me on a lot. She's a powerful woman who instilled a lot of drive and initiative in me". His big break finally came in October 1993 when the Gay Byrne radio show held a contest 'Ireland's Search for a Tenor' in conjunction with the launch of the new ten pound note. Anthony won the competition with one of his most outstanding performances. In 1995 and 1996 Anthony won the Dermot Troy Trophy for oratorio and was voted the best male singer at the Waterford International Festival of light opera for his portrayal of Frederic in Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Pirates of Penzance'. In 1998 producers TV Matters and Radius Television were searching for 3 Tenors to create a new performing trio to appear in a US television special and Anthony was on top of the list. The rest is history. Anthony's silky, pure and poetic vocal quality has made him hugely popular, especially with the female fans. In March 1999 the triumphant trio stepped out onto the stage of Madison Square Gardens in front of a 15,000 strong audience. The boy from Wexford had truly found the platform he had been searching for.