Invisible Opera at Carlow Arts Festival

Wednesday, 5 May, 2021
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Irish National Opera is delighted to partner with Carlow Arts Festival providing the music for Invisible Opera, a new light and sound installation featuring at this year's festival.

La bohème as you’ve never seen or heard it before. This extraordinary experience allows you to wander through an orchestra of glowing pavilions, experiencing each instrument and voice individually, recorded in ‘quadraginta phonic’ surround sound with forty separate tracks. Join the invisible party at Café Momus as Act II of Puccini’s masterpiece thunders to a dramatic crescendo. The electrifying score is conducted by Sergio Alapont, and features celebrated Irish sopranos Celine Byrne and Anna Devin, in the roles of Mimì and Musetta. Puccini’s best-loved opera is a touching, comic, and realistic tale – true for any time in which deep romantic bonds can flower in the face of adversity. The performers may be unseen, but you will feel every moment of this world première installation.

Produced by Carlow Arts Festival

Music and vocal performances by Irish National Opera

Concept by Michael Trainor and Carlow Arts Festival

Technical and lighting design Jamie Wardrop