Opera Marathon & "Drive By Shooting"

Saturday, 6 January, 2018
City Hall

Future stars of Irish opera will perform excerpts from over three dozen works—covering 300 years of opera history—in a three-hour Opera Marathon, as part of a series of events to launch the new Irish National Opera (INO) on Tuesday 9 January 2018.

The Opera Marathon is a veritable A-Z of opera and takes place 2pm-5pm  in Dublin’s City Hall. The event is free and open to all. Audiences are welcome to drop in for three minutes or stay for the full programme.

Featuring the future generation of Irish opera stars, the Opera Marathon will take audiences on a journey through 300 years of opera with music by celebrated composers such as Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Wagner, Verdi, Gounod, Bizet, and Puccini taking centre stage. The afternoon features a great variety of styles including baroque, classical, bel canto, romantic, and 20th Century with opera in Italian, French, German, and English.

The singers, most of whom feature in INO productions in 2018 and beyond, will perform a popular repertoire including La ci darem from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the Barcarolle from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, the Quartet from Verdi’s Rigoletto and the Flower Duet from the Lakme’s Pearl Fishers.

Also part of the free events to celebrate the launch of Irish National Opera is Drive by Shooting, a new street art version of the 8-minute opera  by Brian Irivne (music) and John McIlduff (text) with images and surtitles projected onto walls in Dublin’s Barnardo’s Square.