Robert O'Dwyer


Featuring the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

A concert performance of a lost operatic treasure –  Robert O’Dwyer’s Eithne.   Catch a glimpse below of Eithne in rehearsal.


In this wonderful adaptation of a mysterious ancient Irish legend, those in the mortal realm are pitted against the magical wiles of Tír na nÓg. You will witness a truly historical moment when Ireland’s first romantic opera, sung in the Irish language, is brought back to life after one hundred years absence.

Eithne featured internationally acclaimed artists soprano Orla Boylan in the title role, baritone Gavan Ring as the High King of Ireland and tenor Robin Tritschler as Ceart, lover of Eithne. The cast also included: Brendan Collins as Art, Eamonn Mulhall as Neart, Imelda Drumm as Nuala, John Molloy as The GiantRobert McAllister as King of Tír na nÓgRachel Croash as Una, Eohan Desmond as Feargus, Fearghal Curtis as Taoiseach, and Conor Breen as Herald. The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Fergus Sheil.

The music of Eithne is steeped in the late nineteenth century European operatic tradition with shades of Dvorák and Wagner infusing the score. Shimmering strings, hunting horns, luscious orchestrations with soaring vocal lines, rousing choruses and lyrical arias sit fascinatingly with the Irish language, which emerges as a highly suitable medium for operatic expression.

A unique opportunity to encounter one of Ireland’s greatest musical resurrections.

Tour Details

Saturday 14 October Dublin National Concert Hall

Production Information


Eithne Orla Boylan
Ceart Robin Tritschler
High King of Ireland Gavan Ring
Art Brendan Collins
Neart Eamonn Mulhall
Nuala Imelda Drumm
The Giant John Molloy
King of Tír na nÓg Robert McAllister
Una Rachel Croash
Feargus Eoghan Desmond
Taoiseach Fearghal Curtis
Herald Conor Breen

The chorus of Opera Theatre Company

Conductor Fergus Sheil

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