The Show Must Go On

Wednesday, 24 June, 2020

Like so much else in cultural and artistic life, the announcement of our wonderful and ground-breaking 2020-21 season fell victim to Covid-19. Like you, we have been focused instead on staying safe and healthy, learning new ways to negotiate everyday life, and making sure we can care for our loved ones.

Although we have had to cancel productions of Bizet’s Carmen and Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, the Arts Council’s timely intervention in March gave us immediate security and has enabled us to keep planning for the future. In June we presented five Friday Opera Sessions, with recordings singers made from their own home and live interviews with some of the performers. And as the country is slowly reopening, we are working hard to get back on the stage as soon as it is practical and safe for all of us to do so.

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We lost all the performances of our May production of Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio that were scheduled for Wexford and Dublin. But we could not let go of this sparking, virtuosic opera, either. We are proud to bring you Seraglio, a new mini-series created under lockdown by director Caitríona McLaughlin and a cast headed by soprano Claudia Boyle with Peter Whelan conducting the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

The eight-part series presents scenes from The Abduction from the Seraglio over four weeks from Tuesday 7 July. And we guarantee that none of the principal singers, none of the orchestral players, and neither the conductor nor director, nor the video and sound designers of this new Seraglio met in any context other than cyberspace during the preparation of the eight episodes that will be streamed at 6pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 July on irishnationalopera.ie

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791

Seraglio, the Mini-series Adapted from The Abduction from the Seraglio 1782

Featuring Peter Whelan, Claudia Boyle, Dean Power, Sarah Power, Andrew Gavin, Wojtek Gierlach, Irish Chamber Orchestra and Irish National Opera Chorus.

Conducted by Peter Whelan and directed by Caitríona McLaughlin.

Chorus Director, Elaine Kelly.

Sound by Ian Dearden, Sound Intermedia and video by Together Video.