Nova Sunday 13 September 2015

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


Nova is about new music, chronicling what's radical and what's conservative, who's established and who's in the avant garde.

Music Played on the Show


Title: Logpile

Composer: McGrath, Karl

Performer(s): Zvuku

Album: Various Irish Electronica

Duration: 6:35


Title: Mean Time -Excerpt

Composer: Caprara, Susanna/Ní Chuinn, Rachel

Performer(s): La Cosa Preziosa/Rachel Ní Chuinn

Album: Composer Copy

Duration: 3:10


Title: Voices Of Parents

Composer: Doyle, Roger

Performer(s): Roger Doyle, Synthesisers & Piano

Album: Time Machine

Duration: 5:14


Title: In Memoriam

Composer: Webster, Christine

Performer(s): Christine Webster

Album: Composer Copy

Duration: 6:47


Title: Heaven Lay Close Ii (I) I Dreamt That Heaven Lay...

Composer: Wilson, Ian

Performer(s): Chatham Saxophone Quartet, Aimee Farrell Courtney (Bodhran), Chatham Saxophone Quartet

Album: Chatham Saxophone Quartet: New Irish Music / RTE lyric fm / RTE lyric fm CD149

Duration: 3:57


Title: Cellular Storm

Composer: Roddy, Stephen

Performer(s): Stephen Roddy

Album: Line In R: Computer Music & Minimalism

Duration: 8:57


Title: The Echo Of All That's Happened

Composer: O'Leary, Jane

Performer(s): Concorde; Madeleine Staunton(Flute); Paul Roe (Clarinet)

Album: New Music:: New Ireland / Contemporary Music Centre 2015 / CMC TWO

Duration: 8:39



Contact the Show

Presenter: Bernard Clarke

Producer: Eoin O'Kelly

Production Co-ordinator: Michael O'Kane

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