Frank Merriman

Frank Merriman

“The most amazing teacher in the universe”

so says Sinead O’Connor about Frank Merriman at the Bel Canto School of Singing in an interview by Maggie O’Kane; The Guardian

“Frank Merriman established the Bel Canto School of Singing in Dublin, Ireland 1983. In 1996 a joint partnership was established with Edwin Williamson who had studied in the school since 1987 the demand for both their services in coaching had grown exponentially.

21 North Great Georges Streert

Bel Canto is continued with success through the Bel Canto House in Dublin. My grandfather's legacy will remain.

John McCormack's Grandson
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Edwin Williamson

“It gives me great pleasure to know that the tradition of Bel Canto is continued with success through the Bel Canto School of Singing in Dublin”

John Count McCormack , heir and grandson of the Great Irish Tenor John Count McCormack in a letter to Edwin Williamson

Past Clients included

  • Sinead O’Connor
  • Christy Dignam
  • Samantha Mumba
  • Frances Black
  • Patrick Connolly Bergin (Actor)
  • Lenny Henry
  • Leslie Dowdall
  • Ciara O’Callaghan (Actor)

  • Mary Coughlan
  • Mundy
  • Christy Moore
  • Luka Bloom
  • Don Baker
  • Boyzone
  • The Saw Doctors
  • Stockton’s Wing

  • Hothouse Flowers
  • Fergal McGee
  • Breda Mayock
  • Engine Alley
  • Damien Dempsey
  • Eamon McCormack
  • The Pale
  • In Tua Nua
  • Liam O Maonlai

What does Bel Canto mean?

The term “Bel Canto” is often thrown about quite loosely in modern times, but in fact the term “Bel Canto” has a very real and specific meaning in the singing history, literally translated as “beautiful singing” in Italian.

Bel Canto – It’s all about the storytelling.

The Old School

The term “Bel Canto” was coined during the 1800s in Italy to describe the kind of singing that composers like Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti endeavored to promote with deeply expressive opera compositions. They were holding fast to the Old School of singing.

The greatest singers that the world has ever known have been “Bel Canto” singers. Most of them are primarily associated with opera singing, but they are not limited to any particular style of music, and many of them have demonstrated their immense artistry by singing a variety of styles and genres with effortless beauty.

“Bel Canto” today, when properly used, refers to any singer who sings with VOCAL FREEDOM and who has studied the Old Way of singing with a proper teacher and who has remained true to that way.


Opera Tenors

  • Jussi Bjorling
  • John Mc Cormack
  • Enrico Caruso
  • Tito Schipa
  • Richard Tauber
  • Beniamino Gigli
  • Aureliano Pertile

Opera Baritones and Bass

  • Fedor Chaliapin
  • Boris Christoff
  • Robert Merrill
  • Giuseppe De Luca
  • Leonard Warren
  • Giorgio Tozzi

Opera Sopranos

  • Dorothy Kirsten
  • Nellie Melba
  • Louisa Tetrazzini
  • Margaret Burke Sheridan
  • Hjordis Schymberg
  • Bidu Sayao

Popular Singers

  • Edith Piaf
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Judy Garland
  • Gladys Knight