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Ronan Tynan hails from Johnstown, County Kilkenny.  He came very late to a career in singing.  After initially training as a doctor, he began his formal musical studies at the age of 33 at The College of Music in Dublin.  His teacher was Dr. Veronica Dunne.  After winning the John McCormack Cup at the Feis Ceoil (National Singing Festival) in Dublin in 1992, he subsequently went to Genoa, Italy to study with Ugo Benelli, a famed Italian tenor.

In 1994, Ronan made his debut in the National Concert Hall in Dublin.  The review by The Irish Times quoted, “A sob rich Italianate tenor voice with wonderful facility.” Following this, he received both popular and critical acclaim at home in winning the RTE/BBC talent show “Go For It.”  In October of 1994, he gained entry into The Royal Opera School in Manchester, England, where he commenced studying with Tony Roden, a famed Australian tenor.  Ronan also placed in the Young Artists Opera Competition in England.  Following this in 1996 he moved further afield, being named “The Best Male Voice” at the prestigious International Singing Festival in Marmande, France.  One of the jury members, Pierre Medicin of Opera Comique, referred to his voice as “a God given gift.”  He was also the only Irish finalist to be selected to sing in the finals of The International Pavarotti Competition that year.  The great maestro referred to his voice as being “very pure.”