Karl Scully, International Tenor Fan Site, Press Kit
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"Washington Post"

The luck of the Irish may be legendary, but there's a lot to say for the skill of the Irish, as demonstrated by the Irish Tenors' blending of traditional and modern songs at Wolf Trap on Friday night.
It's the first U.S. tour for this particular trio of Anthony Kearns, Karl Scully and Finbar Wright. As the new tenor on the block, Scully -- who just joined the group, replacing John McDermott -- had the most to prove, and prove it he did, with a wonderfully light voice and clear enunciation.

Kearns and Wright are old hands at this music. Their darker, fuller voices were a good fit with the many melancholy lyrics. The three tenors' tones blended beautifully in songs such as Phil Coulter's remembrance of Derry, "The Town I Loved So Well," as well as "The Irish Rover" and "The Stone Outside Dan Murphy's Door."
Many sentimental, nostalgic solos dealt with the Irish diaspora, such as Scully's heartfelt "A Song for Ireland." But some standouts had other sources: Wright's tender "The Isle of Innisfree" came from the 1952 film "The Quiet Man." Wright's "South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)" was the most incongruous song in the concert. Why perform it? Because the lyrics are by Ireland's Jimmy Kennedy, who also wrote the words to "Teddy Bears' Picnic" -- which the enthusiastic backup orchestra, under conductor Arnie Roth, played as an instrumental interlude. The tenors did not sing "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," but plenty were smiling -- some tearing up -- by the evening's end.
- August 13, 2006,By Mark J. Estren


Ireland, February, 2010 with The Irish Tenors.
Singles: The Water is Wide and Lift the Wings

Christmas: With The Irish Tenors.
Singles: I'll Be Home For Christmas



Born in Limerick, Ireland, Karl Scully traveled the globe from an early age. From Gabon to Indonesia to Zaire, and to the USA one common thread proved to be music.

Karl Scully’s musical education has included postgraduate studies in opera at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Under the tutelage of Dr. Veronica Dunne, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, Mikael Eliason, Gabriella Ravazzi and Maestro Fabbrini of the Rossini Opera Festival, Karl Scully has developed into a spectacular young tenor of stellar quality.

Mr. Scully has graced the international opera stages in Italy in Orvieto at the Teatro Mancinelli and as resident tenor at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Italy . He has performed most recently at the Barga Opera Festival in 2010. Not to be confined to one avenue to showcase his musical talent, Karl Scully appeared with Ewan McGregor in the film “Nora” as he portrayed the legendary tenor Count John McCormack. In 2006, Mr. Scully joined the sensational international group “The Irish Tenors”, and starred in their television show “The Irish Tenors and Friends”.

Karl Scully has graced the concert stages in the USA as part of “The Irish Tenors”, having performed in Avery Fisher Hall at the prestigious Lincoln Center in New York City as well as other legendary stages such as Wolftrap in Virginia and the Mann Center in Philadelphia.Karl Scully continues to thrill audiences with solo concerts in the USA and in his homeland of Ireland, most recently in a production of “The Magic of Vienna” with soprano Deirdre Masterson and was the tenor in the much anticipated “Tribute to Frank Patterson-Ireland’s Golden Tenor” production this September.