Nova Sunday 27 August 2017

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: Breaking Sound 8

Composer: Dunn, Alan/Rainford, Martyn

Performer(s): Laure Ferraris/Reg (Jula), Basementartsproject

Album: Breaking the Sound Barrier 8 / Composer Copy / No Number

Duration: 9:59


Title: Tungsao

Composer: McDermott, Gerard/Towell, Harry

Performer(s): Josco & Spheruleus

Album: folded distance / eilean recordings / eilean 67

Duration: 8:57


Title: Crisis Trilogy

Composer: Eoppolo, Vincent

Performer(s): Vincent Eoppolo

Album: Composer Copy / Private Recording / No Number

Duration: 7:21


Title: Platteville

Composer: Schrab, Linus/Fotmeijer, Johan

Performer(s): Thet Liturgiske Owäsende

Album: Wisconsin Mining State / for/wind / FWD18

Duration: 7:47


Title: In The Bells Shadow Overture

Composer: Simpson, Jurgen

Performer(s): Irish Chamber Orchestra/Jurgen Simposn, Electronics

Album: In The Bells Shadow

Duration: 4:11


Title: Swelt Belly At Dawn

Composer: Ring, Judith

Performer(s): Concorde Ensemble

Album: What Was / Ergodos / ER 015

Duration: 9:26


Title: Dead Earth

Composer: Mulvey, Grainne

Performer(s): Milltown Chamber Choir

Album: Private Recording / Artist Copy / No Number

Duration: 8:55


Title: Retours Possible (Side A)

Composer: Casadamont, Amandine

Performer(s): Amandine Casadamont

Album: Retours Possible / Sound Art Collection (Composer label) / Sound Art Collection 01

Duration: 5:03


Title: Bee-Ing (A Meeting With Bees)

Composer: Fernstrom, Mikael/Taylor, Sean

Performer(s): Softday Apiary Ensemble

Album: Composer Copy / Private Recording / No Number

Duration: 11:34


Title: Gabriel's Oberheim

Composer: Murphy, Dunk

Performer(s): Minced Oath

Album: Supersede / Countersunk / SUNK00011

Duration: 5:52


Title: Screenplay Part2 (Side 1) -Excerpt 2

Composer: Marclay, Christian

Performer(s): Ensemble Babel

Album: Ensemble Babel Plays Marclay / aussenraum records / AR-LP-006

Duration: 3:23


Title: Graffiti Composition Take 3

Composer: Marclay, Christian

Performer(s): Jacques Demierre, Spinet

Album: Ensemble Babel Plays Marclay / aussenraum records / AR-LP-006

Duration: 5:22


Title: Shuffle Game 3

Composer: Marclay, Christian

Performer(s): Ensemble Babel

Album: Ensemble Babel Plays Marclay / aussenraum records / AR-LP-006

Duration: 2:30


Title: 1440 Promp. Parv. 518​/​2 Wawyn, Or Waueryn, Yn A Myry Totyr, Oscillo

Composer: Rabelais, Akira

Performer(s): Akira Rabelais

Album: Spellewauerynsherde / Boomkat Editions / BKEDIT015BLACK

Duration: 7:26



Contact the Show

Presenter: Bernard Clarke

Producer: Eoin O'Kelly

Production Co-ordinator: Michael O'Kane

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