Anna Livia Dublin International Opera Festival opens with the hauntingly, beautiful Lucia di Lammermoor on Sunday 2nd September 2007 at 7:30pm at the Gaity Theatre.
Taking inspiration from Sir Walter Scott’s classic novel: “The Bride of Lammermoor”, Donizetti has created a passionate opera. The story centres around a family feud with a mesmerizing heroine played by the equally mesmerizing soprano, Angela Gilbert.
It’s set in Scotland, sung in Italian and one of the leading bel canto operas you could ever hope to experience. Hear and see for yourself here in Dublin.
Performances also take place on:
The Dublin International Opera Festival also brings The Pearl Fishers to Ireland. This live, operatic, musical delight takes place on alternate days to Lucia di Lammermoor, starting on Monday 3rd September at 7:30pm, then:
Some may be more familiar with Carmen Georges Bizet’s musical masterpiece, but The Pearl Fishers was his first, with the famous duet “Au fond du temple saint” thought to be one of the most famous and beloved pieces of music in the entire operatic repertoire. A love triangle in 3 acts, with Irish soprano Anne O’Byrne in main role of Leila, there’s nothing fishy about this opera.
The whole idea of a live music festival is to bring new sounds and experiences to people and The Dublin International Opera Festival is no exception, with talented opera singers and musicians from around the globe, as well as home grown in Ireland.
There’s accompanying lectures, exhibitions, family music events and masterclasses too, so even if you haven’t experienced live opera before then you can learn all about it. Take a look at the main Dublin International Opera Festival site to find out more.
The film The Fifth Element featured the “mad scene” melody “Il dolce suono” from the 3rd Act of Lucia di Lammermoor in a performance by the alien diva Plavalaguna. The same scene also appeared in an episode of the series Law and Order.
The famous duet, “Au fond du temple saint” was top of BBC Radio’s “Your Hundred Best Tunes” from the last poll in 2003. (See Wikipedia)