New Irish opera
BOTH OPERA LOVERS and those not so familiar with the genre may enjoy a visit to the Mermaid on Friday night for The Earl of Kildare, the first ever workshop performance of the brand new Irish Opera.
This is by Irish composer Ferbus Johnston to a libretto by Celia de Freine. Based on the historical figure of Silken Thomas (Thomas Fitzgerald, the 16th century Earl of Kildare and deputy Governor of Ireland,) the story follows his disastrous revolt against the rule of King Henry VIII.
Patriotism, treachery, love and intrigue abound in this highly dramatic story with a cast including Nyle Wolfe in the title role, Joan O’Malley as Frances Fitzgerald and Eugene Ginty as Christopher Paris.
The night will include a post-performance discussion with the composer and creative team. For further information on this production of The Earl of Kildare, call Opera Ireland on (01) 4786041.