In Conversation with Veronica Dunne

First broadcast on RTÉ Lyric fmon St Stephen’s Day – The wonderful Veronica Dunne and Iarla Ó’Lionáird in Conversation for Vocal Chords.



Iarla’s guest in this special Christmas edition of Vocal Chords is the singer and vocal coach Veronica Dunne. Veronica or ‘Ronnie’ as everyone knows her celebrated her 90th birthday earlier this year and in this extended interview at her home she traces her life in song from her childhood, when singing competed with horses for her attention, to her debut at Covent Garden in La Boheme.

As a young woman she went to Rome to study and train as a bel canto opera singer and in her years in Rome and in London at the Royal Opera she met the stars of her age, including Maria Callas and Joan Sutherland.
From the early 1960s Dunne turned from singing and performance to teaching and across the last fifty five years she has been the force behind a generation of vocal talent including Ann Murray, Celine Byrne and more recently Tara Erraught. Veronice Dunne established the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition ten years ago. for more on Veronica


The full programme is now available to stream:



Music performances featured in this episode:


*Music Title / Performer / Composer


O Mio Babbino Caro / Veronica Dunne / Giacomo Puccini
Meeting of the Waters / Margaret Burke Sheridan / Thomas Moore
Heart Bowed Down / Richard Bonelli / Franklin E. Belden
Bohemian Girl / John McCormack / Michael William Balfe
Del’invito trascorsa é giá l’ora / Suzanne Murphy, Bernadino di Domenico / Guiseppe Verdi
Si, Mi Chiamano Mimi / Margaret Burke Sheridan / Giacomo Puccini
Un bel di Vedremo / Margaret Burke Sheridan / Giacomo Puccini
Vivere / Carlo Buti / Geradina Trovato
Si, Mi Chiamano Mimi / Roseanna Carteri / Giacomo Puccini
Liebestod / Maria Callas / Richard Wagner
Casta Diva / Maria Callas / Vincenzo Bellini
Ché faro senza / Kathleen Ferrier / Christoph Willibald Gluck
Der Holle Rache kocht in meinem Herze / Joan Sutherland / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Finalmente! Nel Terror mio stolto / Veronica Dunne / Giacomo Puccini
Dorme? Riposa / Margaret Burke Sheridan / Giacomo Puccini
Thy Hand Belinda, when I am laid on earth / Anne Murray / Henry Purcell
Non mi resta / Veronica Dunne / Pia Tassinari
Oft in the Stilly Night / James McCreanor / Thomas Moore
Romeo Entrance Aria / Tara Erraught / Vincenzo Bellini
Liebestod / Miriam Murphy / Richard Wagner
Musetta’s Waltz / Nadine Sierra / Giacomo Puccini
Exultate Jubilate / Sarah Brady / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Lark in the Clear Air / Veronica Dunne / Traditional