The dar­ling of divas

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS - MICHAEL DERVAN

COSÍ FAN TUTTE Glee­son Hall, DIT Kevin Street, Dublin Sat 7.30pm ¤30; Hawk’s Well The­atre, Sligo Tues 8pm ¤25; Si­amsa Tíre, Tralee Thurs 7.30pm ¤26 066-7123055 JEN­NIFER LAR­MORE, OPUSFIVE NCH, Dublin To­mor­row 8pm ¤15-¤45 01-4170000 PHILIPPE CASSARD NCH, Dublin Thurs 8pm ¤15-¤40 01-4170000 Opera The­atre Com­pany’s new tour­ing pro­duc­tion of Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte (above) is an op­er­atic homecoming for Or­pha Phe­lan. Kilkenny-born Phe­lan has di­rected opera in the UK and around Europe, but the OTC Cosí is her first Ir­ish pro­duc­tion. The four lovers are sung by Mairéad Buicke, Martha Bredin, Sune Hjer­rild and Owen Gil­hooly, the ma­nip­u­la­tive Don Al­fonso by Si­mon Wild­ing, and the maid De­spina by Co­lette De­lahunt. The de­signer is Madeleine Boyd and An­drew Grif­fiths con­ducts.

Also on Satur­day, lead­ing Amer­i­can mezzo so­prano Jen­nifer Lar­more makes her de­but at the Na­tional Concert Hall in a pro­gramme with the string quintet Opus Five. And on Thurs­day, also at the NCH, French pi­anist Philippe Cassard, win­ner of the first Dublin In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion in 1988, cel­e­brates his 50th birthday with a recital of Chopin, Grieg, De­bussy and Liszt.

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