UCD Opera Project

Friday, 20 December, 2019
Cen 1579

Irish National Opera was delighted to collaborate with Wolfgang Marx and University College Dublin on their third-year undergraduate music module, ‘Opera and Music Theatre’, in the Autumn semester of 2019.

As part of the module, students received a guest lecture from Irish National Opera’s Artistic Director, Fergus Sheil ahead of a visit to the dress rehearsal for the company’s production of Cinderella / La Cenerentola. Students were briefed ahead of their visit to research the opera as part of a project to create posters introducing new audiences to the Rossini opera. Students also wrote a review of the dress rehearsal performance as part of their assessment for the module:

“it is the combination of various brilliant and effective elements that made for such an enjoyable experience, where aural and visual spheres came together harmoniously” - Helen Taafe Richardson
“sheer talent of its strong cast of singers” - Helen Taafe Richardson
“creative and inspiring” - Minare Ho
“an inviting point of entry for opera first timers” - Chloe Byrne

Wolfgang Marx, Associate Professor in Musicology, UCD, remarked, ‘For most of our students this was the first opera they ever saw opera live, and from beginning to end - and they loved it. La Cenerentola is a very good choice for opera "beginners", and this production all the more so with its clever concept and wondrous set together with the stellar cast led by Tara Erraught's glorious voice. The UCD School of Music is also most grateful to Fergus Sheil for visiting us in Belfield and talking to our students about all the things that need to happen behind the scenes to make opera possible. We hope to continue this collaboration to make opera easier accessible to more of our students!’

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Providing third level music students access to opera production is of great importance to INO as Artistic Director Fergus Sheil explains. ‘Irish National Opera’s year-round programme of activity offers us the opportunity to open the doors of opera to third-level students and to take them “under the hood” of how different opera production are put together, demystifying the extraordinary range of artistic relationships that underpin a successful opera production. It’s also a chance to create a spark of inspiration among an emerging generation, perhaps to foster a lifelong love of this remarkable artform.’