New Ir­ish opera

Bray People - - News -

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.

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