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Statement from President Higgins on the death of Veronica Dunne

Dáta: Lua 5th Aib, 2021 | 19:27

“News of the death of Dr. Veronica Dunne, renowned opera singer, teacher and instigator of the Veronica Dunne Singing Competition, will have deeply saddened all those who love the power and beauty of music.

Throughout her life, Dr. Veronica Dunne captivated millions with her singing. The legacy she leaves lies in the talents of those scores of others whose talents and performances she unlocked with her enthusiasm, energy and commitment as a teacher and friend.

Guided by her warmth, passion and energy, she developed the Veronica Dunne Competition, from its beginnings in 1995, into one of the foremost international singing competitions in the world. 

I had the privilege, in 2014, of presenting her with the ‘National Concert Hall Lifetime Achievement Award’.

Sabina and I send our deepest condolences to her family, her many friends, including her former students, and the community of music lovers who will feel her loss so keenly.”