Tuesday 27 July 2021
“The birds sang passionate songs addressed to one ear only and then stopped.” Virginia Woolf – The Waves
Three women. All different. Connected only by the intensity of their wildly dissimilar desires. Unrequited love for an aloof, narcissistic older woman . . . an obsession with a partner’s former lover, intense enough to verge into the erotic . . . a yearning to bear a child, to create a companion and break out of a painful seclusion. Through their letters, their voices join each other across time, in an attempt to give name to their desires.
The opera is sung in English with English subtitles and is suitable for ages 14 plus.
Rebecca, Kelli-Ann Masterson
Jean, Rachel Goode
Catherine, Aebh Kelly
Conductor, Elaine Kelly
Director, Aoife Spillane-Hinks
Set and Costume Designer, Jack Scullion
Lighting Designer, Stephen Dodd
Répétiteur, Luke Lally-Maguire
Flute, Lina Andonovska
Violin, Cora Lunny
Double Bass, Caimin Gilmore
Electric Guitar, Barry O’Halpin
Percussion, Caitríona Frost
Piano, Luke Lally-Maguire
Irish National Opera is Ireland’s newest and most enterprising opera company. It champions Irish creativity in its casting, its choice of creative teams and in its commitment to the presentation of new operas. The company has performed large-scale productions of works from the great operatic canon by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Rossini in the Gaiety and Bord Gáis Energy theatres in Dublin, the National Opera House in Wexford and Cork Opera House. It has also taken touring productions of works by Thomas Adès, Offenbach, Gluck and Vivaldi — the first ever production of a Vivaldi opera in Ireland — to venues in all parts of the country. INO was formed in January 2018 through the merger of two award-winning companies, Opera Theatre Company and Wide Open Opera. The two companies joined force in 2017 in response to an Arts Council initiative, and have delivered Ireland its first ever truly national opera company. In its first 24 months of operation Irish National Opera produced 72 performances of 14 different operas in 24 Irish venues, and its long-term target is to visit over 20 Irish venues annually.
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