Naxos To Release Roger Doyle’s Electronic Opera ‘Heresy’

By Francisco Salazar

Heresy Records has announced the release of Roger Doyle’s first opera “Heresy.”

The company announced that the recording will be released on Feb. 9, 2018, internationally through Naxos.

Known as “The Godfather of Irish Electronic Music,” Doyle’s opera premiered in 2016 as part of the 50th-anniversary celebration of Dublin’s renowned Project Arts Centre. When it premiered critics raved and said, “Doyle’s electronic opera strongly implied that this work was no experiment, demonstrating the skilled and experienced hand of a composer who knows what he wants…at once hypnotic, fascinating and beautiful”

The work centers on the life and works of the 16th-century genius Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake for heresy after a nine-year trial by the Vatican. The work was written for five high voices. The cast includes male soprano, Robert Crowe, Aimee Banks, Caitríona O’Leary, Daire Halpin, and Morgan Crowley who sings the role of Bruno amongst others.

The orchestration is entirely electronic and the libretto is by Irish playwright and dramaturg Jocelyn Clarke and American director Eric Fraad.

Doyle has been a pioneer of electronic music and he has worked in theatre, film, and dance, particularly with the music-theatre company Operating Theatre. “Babel,” known as his magnum opus, was composed over a ten-year period and was released on a 5-CD set in 1999.