Intrigue, obsession and fatal attraction conspire with dramatic results in Debussy’s compelling opera Pelléas & Mélisande.
Goulad meets and marries the mysterious Mélisande, but when he takes her home to meet his family she is drawn to his younger brother Pelléas. This sparks a train of disastrous events for the dysfunctional family, all of which are accompanied by music as subtle and haunting as the innocent bride.
Opera Theatre Company has procured two unique settings in which to present site-specific productions of this French masterpiece.
In collaboration with Dublin City, the magnificent Rotunda in Dublin’s City Hall will play backdrop to the first performance of Pelléas & Mélisande in the Republic of Ireland for over 60 years.
Then the atmospheric Great Hall, in Queen’s University, will host the Northern Irish premiere of this strikingly original work: in association with The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s.
Internationally acclaimed pianist Hugh Tinney joins Mairéad Hurley to perform Marius Constant’s abridged arrangement of the elusive, ethereal score on two Steinway Grand Pianos. Sung in English, Pelléas & Mélisande is directed by Annilese Miskimmon with Musical Direction by Tecwyn Evans. Design is by Neil Irish with Lighting Design by Tina MacHugh.
Cast includes: Jonathan Best, Claire Booth, Deirdre Cooling-Nolan, Robert Poulton and Thomas Walker.
Written in 1768, when Mozart was only twelve, this dramatic love-story is one of Mozart’s earliest operas. Although very young, Mozart already had excellent vocal writing skills and a talent for parody and whimsy that still delights the modern day audience. Bastien and Bastienne are young lovers who are destined to be together – but does the path of true love ever run smoothly? Sung in English with piano accompaniment and directed by Annilese Miskimmon, Bastien & Bastienne stars Opera Theatre Company’s Young Associate Artists, and this charming 30-minute piece is the perfect introduction to opera.
"A good vehicle for youthful voices... Annilese Miskimmon's deft production keeps the interest alive with lots of inventive comic business." - John Allen, THE IRISH TIMES
June 18 Civic Theatre TALLAGHT
June 19 Civic Theatre TALLAGHT
June 23 The Baby Grand @ GOH BELFAST
June 25 Birr Theatre & Arts Centre BIRR
June 27 Ardhowen Theatre ENNISKILLEN
July 1 The Playhouse DERRY
July 3 Market Place Theatre ARMAGH
July 5 Strule Arts Centre OMAGH
Sept 12 St. Patrick’s Park DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL
Supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery Fund
Caught between a conniving older man, who would abuse his position of power over her to marry her for her money, and an attractive, mysterious younger man, who pursues her in a series of charming and seductive disguises, Rosina faces a choice between a secure but loveless future or a step into the unknown following a passion that comes with no guarantees. Aided by the clever Figaro, will Count Almaviva convince her that his love is true? With music that is joyful, witty and exhilarating, The Barber of Seville is the juiciest of romantic comedies!