Nova Sunday 8 November 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: Mémorie

Composer: Franck Vigroux & Mika Vainio

Performer(s): Franck Vigroux & Mika Vainio

Duration: 6:12


Title: Clipper

Composer: Autechre arr Dunk Murphy

Performer(s): Sunken Foal

Duration: 7:53


Title: Shock & Awe-Excerpt

Composer: Eberhard Petschinka

Performer(s): Krok & Petschinka

Duration: 5:30


Title: You Should Be Blind To Watch Tv

Composer: Igor C Silva

Performer(s): Remix Ensemble/Peter Rundel

Duration: 7:52


Title: Extensive Structure No. 1 Back Inside

Composer: Stephen Roddy

Performer(s): Stephen Roddy

Duration: 6:30


Title: The Regent's Canal

Composer: Iain Chambers

Performer(s): Iain Chambers

Duration: 5:00


Title: Her Kind

Composer: Siobhan Cleary

Performer(s): Svlvia O'Brien/`William Dowdall/Evlana Ensemble/Keith Pascoe

Duration: 7:32


Title: Linger-Excerpts

Composer: Ailís Ní Ríain

Performer(s): Seth Bennett/Sylvia Hinz/Kelly Jayne Jones

Duration: 11:30


Title: Dusk Ahead-Excerpt

Composer: Denis Clossehy

Performer(s): Lioba Petri

Duration: 4:30


Title: The Echo Of All That's Happened

Composer: Jane O'Leary

Performer(s): Concorde Ensemble/Con Tempo Quartet

Duration: 10:00


Title: Doxa-Excerpts

Composer: Darryl Lucas

Performer(s): Pytchblend

Duration: 6:45


Title: Autumn Came Gently To Shandon This Year

Composer: Gunther Berkus

Performer(s): Cork City Gamelan

Duration: 6:42


Title: Elvis Everywhere

Composer: Michael Daugherty

Performer(s): John Taylor/Larry Caballero/Patty Manning/Kronos Quartet

Duration: 8:24


Title: Horses Of Instruction

Composer: Steve Martland

Performer(s): Steve Martland Band

Duration: 14:07



Contact the Show

Presenter: Bernard Clarke

Producer: Eoin O'Kelly

Production Co-ordinator: Michael O'Kane

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