Joseph Haydn

Life on the Moon

Have you ever imagined a place where you could do just as you wanted , whatever you wanted, and nobody would blame you....?
Life on the Moon is the new English version of Haydn's most successful comic opera , in which a gallery of unsavoury charcters dupe an old miser into thinking he has made a trip to the Moon. The moon is a charming place where all tastes are catered for -until in a breathtaking finale the game is wound uom, and earthly vices look very much like vices agin. 
A comedy of love , lust , and deception, Life on the Moon's rich and varied music offers splendid roles for Majella Cullagh, Collete McGahon, James Nelson, Harry Nicoll, and Chris Purves.Andrew Synnott conducts the Opera Theatre Orchestra, in a production directed by Hilary Westlake,lit by Simon Corder and designed by architect David Looby
The Opera Theatre Company and Opera Northern Ireland's first co-production since Hansel and Gretal (1991) is a BT Opera Your , extending to a dozen venues north and south of the borde.

Tour Details

8 February WEXFORD WEXFORD Theatre Royal
11 February ATHLONE Dean Crowe Hall
13 February DERRY St. Columbs Theatre
15 February ENNISKILLEN Ardhowen Theatre
17 February COLERAINE Riverside Theatre
21 and 22 February DUBLIN RDS Concert Hall
25 February GALWAY Town Hall Theatre
27 February DUNDALK Town Hall
1 March TRALEE Siamsa Tíre
4 March LIMERICK Belltable Arts Centre
6 March KILKENNY Watergate Theatre
8 March CORK Everyman Palace

"Life on the Moon is one of OTC's most entertaining and stylish productions for a long time and one hopes that opera lovers in the weeks ahead in Galway,Dundalk, Tralee and elsewhere will join the cast on this very funny trip to the lunar regions."
The Sunday Independent
"This new production by Hilary Westlake is a triumph."
The Sunday Tribune
"Quite simply , this ranks amongst the most enjoyable operatic experiences I have ever had. "
The Evening Herald

Production Information


Ecclitico a fake astronomer Harry Nicoll
Cecco his apprentice James Nelson
Buonafede a wealthy miser Christopher Purves
Clarice his daughter Majella Cullagh
Lisetta his servant Collette McGahon

Creative Team

Conductor Andrew Synnott
Director Hilary Westlake
Designer Denis Looby
Lighting Designer Simon Corder

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