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Lyric Opera and the Princess of Egypt

AIDA Gai­ety The­atre, Dublin Wed Nov 14/Fri Nov 16/Sat Nov 17 7.30pm ¤25-¤70 0818-719388 FINGHIN COLLINS (PI­ANO), RTÉ NSO/HANNU LINTU NCH, Dublin Tonight 8pm ¤10-¤35 01-4170000 Lyric Opera, the last of the win­ners of this year’s Arts Coun­cil opera pro­duc­tion awards to take to the stage, gives three per­for­mances of Verdi’s Aida be­gin­ning on Wed­nes­day. Cana­dian so­prano Yan­nick-Muriel Noah (right) sings the ti­tle role, Amer­i­can tenor Michael Wade Lee is the Radamès, and Ir­ish mezzo so­prano Imelda Drumm, fresh from her tri­umph in Wide Open Opera’s Tris­tan und Isolde, is the Am­neris. Vi­vian Coates di­rects, the de­sign­ers are Conor Mur­phy (sets) and Joan O’Clery (cos­tumes). There’s a cho­rus of more than 50, in­clud­ing students from the Royal Ir­ish Academy of Mu­sic and the DIT Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic and Drama. Tecwyn Evans con­ducts the RTÉCO in the pit.

RTÉ’s other or­ches­tra, the NSO, pre­mieres a new RTÉ com­mis­sion by An­drew Hamil­ton on Fri­day. Hannu Lintu con­ducts The True Truths, in which a song fed into the or­ches­tra “be­comes de­stroyed, man­gled and bashed” in an ex­plo­ration of “the mean­ings that can hide be­hind seem­ingly sim­ple ideas”. Also on the pro­gramme are Mozart’s Pi­ano Concerto No 24 in C mi­nor, K491 (a first col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Lintu and pi­anist Finghin Collins), and Brahms’s Fourth Sym­phony.

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