Nova Sunday 17 August 2014

On this week's Nova: "Heresy" an electronic opera by Roger Doyle. 

Composer Roger Doyle never thought he'd compose an opera but now he has. Heresy is, according to the composer himself, Ireland's first electronic opera and it premiered in the Project Arts Centre in November 2016. The opera itself tells the story of one of the Renaissance's most brilliant and controversial figures, Giordano Bruno. A magus, a priest, a philosopher, a spy and a playwright, Bruno was branded a heretic and burned at the stake in 1600 after a nine-year trial by the Roman inquisition. In tonight's Nova Roger Doyle introduces the world broadcast premiere of Heresy.

The libretto was by Jocelyn Clarke and Eric Fraad.

Morgan Crowley sang the part of Giordano Bruno.

Aimee Banks sang the part of the young Giordano Bruno,

Daire Halpin sang the parts of the Goddess Sophia and Queen Elizabeth I,

Caitriona O'Leary sang the part of the Goddess Circe,

Robert Crowe sang the parts of King Henry III, Sir Francis Walsingham, Cardinal Belarmine and James Joyce.

Jack Walsh was the actor playing the Janitor and Giovanni Bernardo in the play within the opera,  with the other cast members joining in in a myriad of roles.

The 2 onstage musicians in those scenes were Nick Roth and Francesco Turrisi.
Directed by Eric Fraad

The producer for Lyric fm was Eoin O'Kelly


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Music Played on the Show


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Composer: Olaf Bender

Performer(s): Carsten Nicolai

Album: Diamond Version EP 2012

Duration: 7:07


Title: Acoustic Aphasia -- Lost Objects

Composer: Gordon, Michael; Lang, David; Wolfe, Julia

Performer(s): Bang On A Can

Album: Lost Objects -- 685738410729 / Teldec / 685738410729

Duration: 3:59


Title: 40% Swing

Composer: Adams, John

Performer(s): Leila Josefowicz (Violin), Leila Josefowicz (Violin)

Album: Road Movies / Nonesuch / 7559-79699-2

Duration: 5:00


Title: Les Onze Tableaux De L'Escouade -Beginning

Composer: Michel Blanc

Performer(s): Michel Blanc Band

Album: les onze tableaux de l'escouade

Duration: 6:28


Title: Transliterate

Composer: Darryl Lucas

Performer(s): Aka Pytchblend

Album: Private Recording

Duration: 8:24


Title: Night Watches

Composer: Raymond Deane

Performer(s): Hugh Tinney

Album: The Noctuary

Duration: 5:21


Title: Zahre

Composer: Bosetti, Alessandro

Performer(s): Radio Art

Album: 20 Years EBU Ars Acustica / EBU / No Number

Duration: 4:46



Contact the Show

Presenter: Bernard Clarke

Producer: Eoin O'Kelly

Production Co-ordinator: Michael O'Kane


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