Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan to speak at Harpur Forum annual dinner
Ronan Tynan, a member of the Irish Tenors, has more than music to sustain him. Hampered by disability early in life, Tynan’s story of overcoming adversity can be an inspiration to all. He will speak to the Harpur Forum at its annual dinner meeting Saturday, June 5, in the Mandela Room on the Binghamton University campus. His talk will begin following the dinner at approximately 9 p.m.
A twin whose brother died at 11 months of age, Tynan was afflicted with lower-leg problems and had his lower limbs amputated after an accident at the age of 20. Within a year, he began competing in disabled games and amassed 18 gold medals and 14 world records in international track and field events.
After becoming the first disabled person admitted to the National College of Physical Education in Limerick, Tynan trained in medicine at Trinity College in Dublin and became a doctor of sports medicine.
At the age of 30, he began voice lessons, and in 1992 won the John McCormack Cup for Tenor Voice. He then studied with the Italian tenor Ugo Benelli and, in 1994 shot to stardom after winning the BBC talent competition “Go For It.” In 1996, Tynan won the prestigious Marmande singing competition in France and was invited to be part of the famous Pavarotti School.
Sony Music signed him to a recording contract, and Tynan continued his musical career, appearing on numerous television shows, including a tribute to Mario Lanza. He has been the subject of a recent ABC 20/20 segment, as well as an Irish documentary, “Dr. Courageous.” His first album, “My Life Belongs to You,” was released in 1998 and was certified platinum.
In January 2002, Tynan added to his list of achievements by writing his first book, Halfway Home: My Life ’Til Now, published by Simon & Schuster.