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.