Opera Collective Ireland to Present Irish Premiere of Jonathan Dove’s ‘Flight’

By Afton Wooten
(Photo credit: Patrick Browne)

Jonathan Dove’s “Flight” will make its Irish premiere this September with Opera Collective Ireland in Dublin, Galway, and Cork.

Taking on the role of the real-life inspired story of Iranian refugee Mehran Karimi Nasser who lived at Charles de Gaulle Airport Paris for 18 years is Eoin Conway. Ami Hewitt, Roisin Walsh, Christopher Bowen, Anna Brady, Eoin Foran, Carolyn Holt, Jolyon Loy, Deirdre Arratoon, and Fionn Ó hAlmhain are also among the cast. Wyn Davies conducts the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Stephen Medcalf directs. Set in an airport terminal, the story unfolds around the characters all experiencing flight delays.

Since its premiere is 1988 Dove and librettist by British playwright April De Angelis’ “Flight” has become part of the modern operatic repertoire. The Guardian, Opera Today, the Seattle Times, and more have praised the work. The Evening Standard (London) says, “Dove’s music flies, the opera is fun, and people are going to love it.”

“Flight” makes its first stop at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire Sept. 5-6. Next at Town Hall Theatre, Galway on Sept. 9, followed by Everyman, Cork on Sept. 12.