• Éna Brennan
  • September 2023
  • Project Arts Centre, Dublin



Beware! The well is poisoned. The sea is infected. Everything has been consumed. Lamentation is too late. Guilt has no positive outcome. An opera about a dystopian world affected by some form of destructive force.

This intimate new opera by the multi-talented Éna Brennan (aka Dowry) — composer, arranger, violinist and graphic designer — is a statement of horror and protest in response to the destruction of our environment. Breathwork, with a text by Olivier award-winning director David Pountney, offers a foretaste of a larger operatic collaboration that will premiere at Austria’s Bregenz Festival next year.

Running time 15-20 minutes.
Six performances daily.

Sung in English.

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‘Breathwork’ is a companion work to a larger composition ‘Hold Your Breath’ by Éna Brennan and David Pountney which has been commissioned by Bregenzer Festspiele


Cast and Creative Team


Andrew Gavin Questioner I
Michelle O'Rourke Questioner 2
Kelli-Ann Masterson Questioner 3

Creative Team

John McIlduff Director
Karen Ní Bhroin Music Director
Éna Brennan Composer
David Pountney Librettist
Sabine Dargent Set & Costume Design
Alan Mooney Lighting Design

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Breathwork | In Rehearsals