Ir­ish go Dutch

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

WAG­NER: DER FLIEGENDE HOL­LÄN­DER Grand Opera House, Belfast Tonight 7.15pm/Sun 2pm £19.25-£45 048-90241919 RTÉ NSO/ALAN BURIB­AYEV NCH, Dublin Tonight 8pm ¤10-¤35 01-4170000 POL­ISH NA­TIONAL RA­DIO SO/JACEK KASP­SZYK NCH, Dublin Mon 8pm ¤30-¤75 01-4170000 CATHER­INE LEONARD, HUGH TIN­NEY, RTÉ VAN­BRUGH STRING QUAR­TET NCH, Dublin Wed 8pm ¤20 01-4170000 It’s Belfast’s turn to present a home-pro­duced Wag­ner opera, with per­for­mances of Der fliegende Hol­län­der (in English as The Fly­ing Dutch­man) at the Grand Opera House tonight and Sun­day. The cast is pre­dom­i­nantly Ir­ish, with Belfast singers Giselle Allen and Bruno Caproni as Senta and the Dutch­man (above); Derry’s Doreen Cur­ran as Mary; and Lim­er­ick’s Paul McNa­mara as Erik. The NI Opera pro­duc­tion is di­rected by Oliver Mears, the de­signer is Simon Holdsworth, and Ni­cholas Chalmers con­ducts the Ul­ster Orches­tra.

In Dublin, the orig­i­nal 1930 ver­sion of Prokofiev’s Fourth Sym­phony gets an out­ing from the RTÉ Na­tional Sym­phony Orches­tra un­der Alan Burib­ayev tonight, along with Grieg (the Peer Gynt suites) and Saint-Saëns (the Fifth Pi­ano Con­certo with Lilya Zil­ber­stein).

The Pol­ish Na­tional Ra­dio Sym­phony Orches­tra and one of its former mu­sic direc­tors, Jacek Kasp­szyk, are at the NCH on Mon­day in a pro­gramme of Bern­stein ( Can­dide Over­ture), Szy­manowski (Con­cert Over­ture), Philip Glass (the Vi­o­lin Con­certo No 1 with Agata Szym­czewska), and Schu­bert (the Great C ma­jor Sym­phony).

And, on Wed­nes­day, vi­o­lin­ist Cather­ine Leonard and pi­anist Hugh Tin­ney join the RTÉ Van­brugh Quar­tet, again at the NCH, for a cham­ber mu­sic evening of Ian Wil­son, Chopin, Galina Grig­or­jeva, Ravel and Franck.

St John’s Church, Par­nell St, Water­ford

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