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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Irish National Opera to hold free opera marathon

12:16, 3rd January 2018

A three-hour opera marathon will be part of a day celebrating the launch of Irish National Opera.

The free event will take place 2-5pm on 9 January in Dublin’s City Hall. Audiences are invited to drop in for just a few minutes or stay for the full programme.

The opera marathon will encompass 300 years of opera, and will feature singers who will appear in INO productions in 2018 and beyond. Repertoire will include ‘La ci darem’ from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the ‘Barcarolle’ from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, the Quartet from Verdi’s Rigoletto and the ‘Flower Duet’ from  Lakme’s Pearl Fishers.

Other Irish National Opera launch day events include a new street art version of the 8-minute opera Drive by Shooting by composer Brian Irvine and librettist John McIlduff, with images and surtitles projected onto walls in Dublin’s Barnardo’s Square; the world premiere of Irvine’s seven-minute opera Opera…it’s all about like, based on Navan Primary schoolchildren’s thoughts on opera; and an evening gala concert – The Big Bang! –  at Dublin’s National Concert Hall.

Full details of Irish National Opera’s 2018 programme will be announced 9 January 2018.

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