Cork’s beloved soprano singer Cara O’Sullivan has passed away aged 59.
Tributes have been flooding in for the opera singer who has been described as having the ‘most secure and compelling soprano voice that Ireland has ever produced’.
Cara, originally from the Lough area, had been battling early onset dementia over the last number of years.
Her spine-tingling voice has been heard on big stages all over the world including Sydney’s Opera House, Paris, Nantes, The National Concert Hall, The Gaiety, and St Patrick’s Cathedral as well as with the RTE Concert Orchestra.
The mum’s hugely successful career led to her receiving the Cork Culture Award in 2019 from then-Lord Mayor Mick Finn.
That year the National Concert Hall hosted a series of events celebrating her.
Among the tributes pouring in was local city cllr Ken O’Flynn who said she will be “sorely missed” by all around the world.
Cllr Ken O’Flynn said: “I have just learned of the passing of Cara O’Sulivan Cork Soprano.
“A lady with a voice of vocal splendour, she possessed the most secure and compelling soprano voice that Ireland has ever produced.
“Over the years in my work in the theatre and through my work on Cork City council, I got to know Cara quite well She was a fantastic lady with a wonderful sense of humour and had tremendous time for people,
“I also witnessed first-hand How giving she was to young people starting off in the world of opera. She was always quick to give advice and lend a helping hand to anybody who asked.
“She will be sorely missed in the world of Irish opera, heaven’s choir has Gained a wonderful Dramatic, coloratura soprano.
“My deepest sympathies to her family at this difficult time.”