Opera Night Saturday 2 February 2019
Beethoven's only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production from Vienna, conducted by Tomas Netopil, Benjamin Bruns plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Irish soprano Jennifer Davis his wife Leonore (disguised as 'Fidelio') who daringly sets out to rescue him. In this new production from Vienna the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus is conducted by Tomas Netopil. (Katrin Roever and Jennifer Davis in Fidelio)
Composer Andrew Synnott introduces us to his opera Dubliners, an Opera Theatre Company production in association with Wexford Opera recorded in 2018. The libretto is by Arthur Riordan the production features Emma Nash, David Howes, Cormac Lawlor, Andrew Gavin, Cormac Lawlor and Anna Jeffers and the opera ensemble are directed from the piano by the composer himself. (Pictured - Cormac Lawlor in 'Dubliners' by Andrew Synnott)
For our second helping of opera we have Balfe's greatest triumph which came with the first staging of The Bohemian Girl in 1843 at Drury Lane, where it played for over 100 nights. The opera subsequently drew huge audiences throughout Europe and the Americas. Several of the arias from this work, including When Other Lips and I Dreamt That I Dwelt in Marble Halls, soon became popular concert pieces and remained familiar to music-loving audiences in James Joyce's day. As we approach Bloomsday, we have a featured recording of the opera with Richard Bonynge conducting the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland featuring soloists Nova Thomas, Patrick Power, Jonathan Summer, Bernadette Cullen, John del Carlo and Timothy German.