We've an early morning treat for opera lovers this Saturday morning, as we share a live performance of Beethoven's Fidelio from Auckland, New Zealand.

Our friends in Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra are livestreaming many of their concerts this year and are kicking things off on Saturday 8th May with Opera in Concert: Beethoven's Fidelio - watch it below, via the RTÉ lyric fm Facebook page.

Appropriately, Fidelio celebrates the triumph of freedom over oppression. Music Director Giordano Bellincampi will lead a cast of stellar talent including Simon O’Neill and Kirstin Sharpin. More information about the concert can be found here.

Concert Halls are open as normal in New Zealand and APO have been consciously trying to reach countries and audiences currently affected by COVID restrictions with their livestreams to provide audiences with a live concert experience (with a real live audience in the concert hall!). Hopefully it won't be too much longer before we can enjoy live performances in Ireland but in the meantime, we can share the experience from the other side of the world.