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Reviews, Stage Reviews

Wexford Festival Opera 2023 Review: Zoraida di Granata


(Photo: Clive Barda) Anyone who has heard Opera Rara’s recording of Donizetti’s “Zoraida di Granata” must have been very excited by the Wexford festival’s decision to put on a fully staged production. It is a veritable bel canto feast with beautiful arias and ensemble singing, stretching over a period of approximately three hours. “Zoraida di Granata” premiered in Rome’s Teatro {…}

Reviews, Video Productions

Irish National Opera 2020-21 Review: 20 Shots Of Opera


(Photo: Hugh O’Conor) With the closure of the theatres, opera companies have turned to streaming their productions. However, with all the goodwill in the world, they tend to fall into the category of second-hand, second-rate experiences. In fact, many would argue that watching an opera on the screen in the comfort of your own home does not work at all. {…}


Irish National Opera to Present ’20 Shots of Opera’


Irish National Opera has announced the continuation of its season with “20 Shots of Opera,” which will be filmed and made available on Dec. 17, 2020. The work features 20 compact operas from 20 Ireland-based composers including  Gerald Barry, Éna Brennan, Irene Buckley, Linda Buckley, Robert Coleman, David Coonan, Alex Dowling, Peter Fahey, Michael Gallen, Andrew Hamilton, Jenn Kirby, Conor {…}


Irish National Opera Announces 2020-21 Season


The Irish National Opera has announced its 2020-21 season. Opera Fireworks stars the singers of ABL Aviation Opera Studio 2020-21. The evening will feature four singers in arias and duets from some of the best-loved operas. Performance Dates: Nov. 17-21, 2020 Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio” will be showcased in concert performances starring Claudia Boyle, Dean Power, Sarah Power, {…}


Tara Erraught to Star in Operavision Live Stream of ‘La Cenerentola’


(Credit: Patrick Redmond) OperaVision will present “La Cenerentola” from the Irish National Opera on New Year’s Day 2020. The famed Rossini opera will star Tara Erraught in the title role with Andrew Owens as the Prince Ramiro. Riccardo Novaro, Graeme Danby, David Ostrek, Rachel Croash, and Niamh O’Sullivan will round out the cast. Fergus Sheil conducts a production directed by {…}


Tara Erraught & Paula Murrihy Headline Irish National Opera’s 2019-20 Season


The Irish National Opera has announced its 2019-20 season, featuring six productions. Evangelia Rigaki and Melatu Uche Okorie’s installation opera “This Hostel Life” stars Amy Ní Fhearraigh, Rachel Croash, Andrew Gavin, and Robert McAllister. The work is directed by Caitriona McLaughlin. Performance Dates: Sept. 26-28, 2019 Katie Bray, Jorge Navarro Colorado, Emma Morwood, Sinéad O’Kelly, Russell Harcourt, and Raphaela Mangan star in Vivaldi’s “Giselda” with Peter Whelan conducting and Tom Creed {…}