Irish Chamber Orchestra: Night at the Opera

Irish Chamber Orchestra: Night at the Opera

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 8.00pm

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Jean-Christophe Spinosi Conductor
Sharon Carty Mezzo Soprano


Händel Overture from Xerxes HWV 40
Händel Frondi tenere... Ombra mai fu from Xerxes HWV 40
Vivaldi Sol da te from Orlando Furioso RV 728
Mozart Notturno Serenade KV 239
Vivaldi Ah sleale, ah spergiura from Orlando Furioso RV 728
Biber Battalia à 10 in D major, C. 61
Vivaldi Agitata da due venti from Griselda
Barber Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
Vivaldi Sento in seno ch'in pioggia di lagrime from Tieteberga RV 737
Vivaldi Nel profondo from Orlando Furioso RV 728

Enjoy a feast of baroque operatic arias, and instrumental music oozing passion, colour and drama – with the emphasis on colliding worlds. The exuberant Jean-Christophe Spinosi along with the brilliant Sharon Carty, exploit every theatrical avenue this programme offers!

The Overture from Handel’s Xerxes rolls into the much-loved aria, Ombra mai fu, with its beautiful plaintive melody. Carty also performs several Arias from Vivaldi’s magnificent opera Orlando furioso – comparable to the very best of Handel’s Arias. Mozart’s Notturno Serenade demonstrates his ingenious ability to paint a picture – creating allusions to nature, folk-songs, hunting and dance forms. Biber’s remarkable Battalia brings us straight onto the battlefield, re-creating the sounds of muskets and cannons, and ending in a howling lament for the casualties of battle. The drama continues with Vivaldi’s extraordinary aria Agitata da due venti. Barber’s evocative Adagio permeates with solemnity and sadness. In Vivaldi’s Sento in seno ch'in pioggia di lagrime, rain is depicted as a metaphor for tears: worlds collide as the dark skies weep submerging us in a deluge of sorrow.

St Mary’s Cathedral Limerick @ 8pm
€25, €22, €10 students, €5 children


Published on 10 July 2018

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