New Dates Announced for This Hostel Life
World premiere rescheduled from June to Thursday 26 & Saturday 28 September 2019
2 performances only at Christ Church Cathedral Crypt
Full performance details here
The life experiences of migrants living in Ireland today are the subject of Evangelia Rigaki’s new, specially-commissioned installation opera, This Hostel Life. Evangelia found her inspiration in the writings of Irish-resident, Nigerian writer Melatu Uche Okorie, in stories Melatu wrote while in direct provision. The world premiere on Thursday 26 and Saturday 28 September — rescheduled from June — will be given in the historic and atmospheric underground setting of the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.
Evangelia is the composer member of INO Studio, and the production, directed by Caitriona McLaughlin, and designed by Sarah-Jane Shiels, will also feature the award-winning choir New Dublin Voices, conductor Bernie Sherlock, and INO Studio’s four singers, Amy Ní Fhearraigh (soprano), Rachel Croash (soprano), Andrew Gavin (tenor), and Robert McAllister (bass). The opera’s various scenes will each pair a singer with an instrumentalist from the new, Dublin-based ensemble Parabasis.
The scenes will repeat and play continuously, allowing audience members to come and go during the two-hour performance window. Everyone can experience the opera at their own pace and in their own unique way. By moving through and around the stories playing simultaneously, listeners will make their own sense of a troubling world that is alien and hidden to most of us.
INO’s artistic director Fergus Sheil, says “In her previous work Evangelia Rigaki has not been afraid to take on pressing issues of our time - notably her opera Antimidas which addressed banking greed - and she has done this with a rigour and an individuality which makes a lasting impression. We spoke about issues of change in society, flux, migration and transition, and about an installation type of presentation, and I am excited to see what her next opera will bring. The work was originally scheduled to be performed in June, but the happy arrival of Evangelia’s new baby has occasioned a postponement. We will now be performing This Hostel Life on Thursday 26 and Saturday 28 September.”
“It is part of our core philosophy,” he explains, “to discover and showcase new talent. We are delighted to create an opportunity for the rapidly-rising talents of our INO Studio to engage in the creation of a new work. We also want to reach new audiences, including people who might not yet have engaged with opera in the context of the opera house.”
Evangelia Rigaki says, “It has been a big privilege and learning experience to be involved in INO’s inaugural Opera Studio and have the opportunity to develop my new installation-opera based on Melatu Uche Okorie’s captivating stories. The work is tailored to the voices and theatrical talents of the four INO Studio opera singers and is written for the musicians of the newly-established Dublin-based new-music ensemble Parabasis.”