Nova Sunday 11 October 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


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Music Played on the Show


Title: Extensive Structure No1 - Back Inside

Composer: Roddy, Stephen

Performer(s): Stephen Roddy

Album: Private Recording

Duration: 6:30


Title: Rajdamri

Composer: Josco

Performer(s): Josco

Album: Untiled-Various irish Electronic Artists

Duration: 7:45


Title: Squarepushers

Composer: Feery, Amanda/Tanner, Michael

Performer(s): Amanda Feery & Michael Tanner/Quince Ensemble/Alison Cotton

Album: To Run the Easting Down

Duration: 16:46


Title: Affinity

Composer: Leopoldo Osio(Piano), Peter Erdei(Bass), Cote Calmet(Drums)

Performer(s): Ceo Experiment

Album: Private Recording

Duration: 6:00


Title: Crib Death Of An American Astronaut

Composer: Speare, Jed

Performer(s): Jed Speare

Album: The Wounds of Returning - Sound Works II 1974–1983

Duration: 2:59


Title: Its About Spy Stations

Composer: Maras, Svetlana

Performer(s): Loos Ensemble/Svetlana Maras

Album: Private Recording

Duration: 7:01


Title: El8 A

Composer: Doyle, Roger

Performer(s): Caitriona O'Leary

Album: Private Recording

Duration: 5:10


Title: Third Sky

Composer: Yannatou, Savina /Guy, Barry

Performer(s): Savina Yannatou/Barry Guy

Album: Attikos

Duration: 8:26


Title: Chant Des Abeilles

Composer: Fernstrom, Mikael/Taylor, Sean

Performer(s): Softday/Dinah Bird/Jean Philipe Renault

Album: Private Recording

Duration: 21:18


Title: Downtown Blues

Composer: Ingoldsby, Marion

Performer(s): Marion Ingoldsby

Album: Private Recording / Composer Copy / No Number

Duration: 1:48



Contact the Show

Presenter: Bernard Clarke

Producer: Eoin O'Kelly

Production Co-ordinator: Michael O'Kane

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