A concert performance of a lost operatic treasure – Robert O’Dwyer’s Eithne.
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 stars 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 includes: Brendan Collins as Art, Eamonn Mulhall as Neart, Imelda Drumm as Nuala, John Molloy as Guardian Spirit, Robert McAllister as King of Tír na nÓg, Rachel Croash as Una, Eoghan 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.
Published on 25 September 2017