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Eugene D. O'Hagan, Tenor

Born into a musical family, Eugene developed his keen interest in singing both at school and later at Queen's University, Belfast under the renowned late Frank Capper. Having won many if not all major singing classes at the Belfast, Ballymena and Coleraine Music Festivals, he went on to pursue singing studies with Maestro Ballani during several years in Rome. While in Rome Eugene sang on numerous occasions at St Peter's and many of the other Roman Basilicas.

He is a well known singer of oratorio, art song in various languages, and an exponent of German Lieder. In addition, he is also an accomplished actor and has from an early age been involved in plays, operetta and opera (also starring in the 1974 film "Mr. Sing My Heart's Delight"). He is no stranger to concert and opera-going audiences in Belfast and Dublin.

He counts most of the mainstream oratorio roles in his repertoire. More recent performances include the title role in Bizet's early opera "Dr Miracle" with Castleward Opera and Dublin based Lyric Opera's production of "La Traviata".

Eugene is a regular guest of Fortwilliam Musical Society, playing Alfredo in "Die Fledermaus", Fagin in "Oliver!", The Duke in "The Gondoliers", Sir Joseph Porter in "HMS Pinafore" and The Major General in "The Pirates of Penzance".

In 2002, he played Don Basilio in "The Marriage of Figaro" and has performed "The Messiah" with the Culwick Choral Society, "A Tribute to Sir Arthur Sullivan" in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, and the Irish premier of Bach's reconstructed "St. Mark Passion" with the Belfast Philharmonic Society. In the same year he made his directorial debut with Castleward's production of "Trial by Jury".

He made a welcome return to Fortwilliam in 2005 to play Lord Evelyn Oakley in "Anything Goes". His rendition of "Rule Britannia" brought the house down every night and earned him a nomination for Best Comedian in the AIMS Awards.

Eugene won Best Comic Actor for playing Ko-Ko in Festival Productions' "The Mikado" in the 2007 Gilbert & Sullivan International Festival in Buxton. The show also won the overall prize.

In early 2008, he took on the role of Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady", winning a nomination for Best Male Singer in the AIMS Awards.

Later in 2008, he sang with Capella Caeciliana on a concert tour in Rome, followed by a G&S tribute concert in Dublin, and a performance of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana". As if that were not enough, he played the role of Monostatos in Lyric Opera's production of Mozart's "Die Zauberfloete", Goro in "Madama Butterfly" and Benoit/Parpignol in "La Bohème".

Martin O'Hagan, Tenor

Born into Derry's version of the musical "Von Trapp" family, Martin grew up singing from a very early age: in school, in local choirs and of course in church.

For many years the O'Hagan family, under the wing of their mother, also a singer, sang in the local community and in hospitals, their main objective being to lift spirits and put smiles on faces. They also participated in various local singing competitions.

At Queen's University, Belfast, Martin studied singing with the late Mr Frank Capper and later on continued to sing wherever he could, both as part of prayer, but also in local opera and musical productions.

During his study years in Rome he sang on numerous occasions at St Peter's but also at other Roman Basilicas and in the Sistine Chapel.

After his return to Ireland, Martin was involved with Castleward's Opera where, in addition to other roles, he sang the title role in the 2004/2005 production of Britten's "Albert Herring".

With Cappella Caeciliana, of which he is a founder member, Martin has sung in Salzburg, Munich and Rome as well as in a Choral Festival in Montreux, Switzerland.

David A. Delargy, Baritone

Born into a musical family, David soon discovered his keen interest in singing both at school, in church and at local singing competitions. In 1977, he was invited to sing the role of Sem in Britten's "Noyes Fludde" which was performed in Stirling as part of the Queen's 25th Jubilee Celebration.

David subsequently studied singing in Belfast with the late Mr Frank Capper and is currently singing with Judith Sheridan, covering a range from classical concert repertoire to straight-ahead jazz.

While pursuing academic studies in Rome, David was in regular demand to sing for Papal ceremonies and Masses in St Peter's Basilica and in the Sistine Chapel.

His solo work includes Haydn's "Creation", Bach's "St. Matthew Passion", "St. John Passion", "Magnificat", Bach Cantatas, Spirituals from Tippett's "A Child of our Time" and Fauré's "Requiem".

With Cappella Caeciliana, of which he is a founder member, David has sung in Salzburg, Munich and Rome as well as in a Choral Festival in Montreux, Switzerland.

With Castleward Opera David has performed in Lucia di Lammermoor in 2002; in 2003 he played Perichaud in "La Rondine"; in 2004 Sid in "Albert Herring" and in 2005 Morales in "Carmen".


"Some people said I should have gone on the stage.
I've been tempted to think like that;
but whenever I'm tempted, I also realise how lucky I am
because I can incorporate singing into my work as a priest."

Fr Eugene

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