New David Bremner Opera to Be Premiered in July

David Bremner

New David Bremner Opera to Be Premiered in July

'Slow Recognition' will be performed at Unit 44 in Dublin.

A new 50-minute chamber opera by composer David Bremner will be premiered in Dublin next month between 13 and 16 July.

The work, titled Slow Recognition, has been developed by the composer in collaboration with director/dramaturg Hélène Montague and designer John Comiskey. It will be performed in the round to small audiences at the performance space set up by Kirkos ensemble in Stoneybatter.

The experimental piece takes an ‘OuLiPo’ approach, which involves playing with re-combinations of a small pool of text, ‘allowing the singers to paint an expressive world into each word and for the spectator to construct a provisional narrative’. The three performers are Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano), Naomi Louisa O’Connell (mezzo-soprano) and Rory Musgrave (baritone). They will be joined by violist Andreea Banciu and Bremner on live electronics.

Slow Recognition is produced by Béal, the music company run by Hilliard and Bremner. The description of the opera reads:

The three characters have definite and individual characters, seemingly both familiar and strange to each other, and the clear shape of a story unfolds in time, one told through the totality of the experience rather than literally.

The opera will be performed on 13–16 July at 8pm at Unit 44, Prussia Street, Dublin 7. Entry is free but space is limited. Pre-booking is advised. Visit

Published on 28 June 2022

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