Friday Opera Explorer | Episode 1

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  • 30 April, 5pmFacebook and You Tube

Escape for free with Irish singers to Italy, Germany, France and Russia and meet Irish composers working with INO in our Friday Opera Explorer Series.

Friday Opera Explorer brings together a wide selection of arias from the historic opera repertoire and five interviews with Irish composers who are creating the repertoire of today and tomorrow. Thirty arias will be presented during the series encompassing a range of different operatic styles. Each aria is from a composer that has not yet featured in Irish National Opera’s programme, although many of the operas will appear in future seasons.

This series takes audiences on a journey that may include new experiences for some. It offers glimpses into future INO productions and showcases the stars of today and the future. All presented in a relaxed and informal context, with introductions giving the background to each aria and subtitles translating the sung text.

This week's programme features arias by Bellini and Donizetti with performances by Naomi Louisa O'Connell, Gyula Nagy, John Molloy and Claudia Boyle accompanied by Aoife O'Sullivan and Gary Beecher on piano. INO Artistic Director Fergus Sheil will also be interviewing composer Gerald Barry including a short preview of his opera Alice's Adventures Under Ground, coming soon to the INO stage.

Tune in for free via Facebook and You Tube each Friday from 30 April to 28 May at 5pm.

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Credits for Alice’s Adventures Under Ground:

Libretto prepared by the composer based on the texts by Lewis Carroll

Commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director, The Barbican Centre, London and Britten Sinfonia

Thomas Adès, conductor

Barbara Hannigan, soprano

Allison Cook, mezzo-soprano

Hilary Summers, contralto

Allan Clayton, tenor

Peter Tantsits, tenor

Mark Stone, baritone

Joshua Bloom, bass

Britten Sinfonia

28 November 2016 | Barbican Hall, London | Audio recording by BBC Radio 3