Autumn 2019 and all the way into the Spring of 2020 promises to be a very busy time for Opera Workshop.
New Project Partnership with Hands in Harmony Deaf Community Choir
We are straight into work with new partners Hands in Harmony Deaf Community Choir on a performance and film project that will combine Irish Sign Language and music. We will work together, musicians and HIH Deaf Community Choir, in a series of workshops that will explore, through music and performance, the issues and the obstacles for members of Limerick’s deaf community and showcase the humour, the resilience and great warmth of this convivial choir.
Funded by the Limerick City & Council Arts Department and Creative Ireland – Made in Limerick Grant.
With thanks to our good friends at Irish Chamber Orchestra and Irish World Music Academy for their support.
Showcase – November 2019 by invitation
Hands in Harmony Deaf Community Choir
Opera Workshop Singers & Musicians
Film-maker – Lucy Dawson
Director – Shirley Keane
A Christmas Evening with Opera Workshop at No 1 Pery Square
We love No 1 Pery Square and are delighted to have been invited back to this welcoming, gorgeous hotel, and sumptuous Limerick hang-out, for three very special Christmas shows. Expect the usual Opera Workshop Ensemble blend of devilment, fun and poignant moments as we leave no Christmas cliché unturned in our quest to create the perfect Christmas evening. As the momentum builds to Christmas, you are sure to enjoy this immersive, relaxed, truly Christmassy night. We promise favourite carols, songs and lots of wonderful arias and duets from opera, all wrapped up with amusing, poetic and dramatic Christmas stories.
And to top off the wonderful feast of music, we begin the evening with a warm welcome of mulled wine, spiced apple and mince pies.
Space is limited and early booking is advisable.
To book pre-concert dinners please phone the No 1 Pery Square Hotel directly on 061 402402.
Tickets – €30 (includes Mulled Wine Reception)
Booking – Eventbrite.ie (booking fees apply):
Sunday 1st December
Sunday 8th December
Sunday 15th December
7.15pm – Mulled Wine Reception
8pm – Concert begins
No 2 Pery Square
‘No 2 Pery Square’, is the working title of our exciting new project set to commence in January 2020.
We are delighted to have received funding from the Arts Council of Ireland and additional financial support from the Limerick City and County Council Arts office, in order to research and develop a new sight specific opera. Working with Limerick Civic Trust and with additional support from The Irish Chamber Orchestra, we will spend time in the rooms and grounds of The People’s Museum of Limerick at No 2 Pery Square developing a story that will form the basis of a new Limerick opera.
Composer Fiona Linnane, Opera Workshop Artistic Director Shirley Keane and members of the Opera Workshop Ensemble, namely Limerick singers, Kevin Neville, Sarah-Ellen Murphy, Catriona Walsh, Roisin Walsh and pianist Eoin Scanlon will work together to devise a story and script for a new opera. Similar in essence to their runaway successful site-specific production at The Old Sailors’ Home in May 2019, this new project promises to delight and thrill Limerick audiences in the coming months.
We are delighted also to work with Honest Arts Production company who join us as production partners on this new and truly exciting project.
Composition and rehearsals will take place between February and April 2020, when we will showcase the initial drafts of the new work to an invited audience at No 2 Pery Square.
An ambitious, long term project, we look forward to developing the opera over the next two years to a 90 minute work which will be produced as a public performance at the People’s Museum of Limerick at No. 2 Pery Square.
Showcase – April 2020 – Invited audience. era
The Trouble with Virtue
Following the wonderful success of the Ensemble devised ‘The Trouble with Virtue’ which was performed at Limerick’s Hunt Museum in 2018, Opera Workshop has developed a longer 90 minute one act show, extending this fun-filled, wry and moving, one act production. Set to tour to Listowel, Birr and Kilmallock over the Valentines weekend in February ‘The Trouble with Virtue’ draws on the worlds of opera and literature. Shakespeare, O’Brien, Yeats, they all have something to say on the subject and their words and poetry are laced through this Opera Workshop production with the songs, scenes and arias of Mozart, Bizet and Saint-Saëns and with contemporary works by Limerick composer Fiona Linnane.
Wednesday 12th February 2020 – St Johns Theatre & Arts Centre, Listowel, Co. Kerry.
Friday 14th February 2020 – Friar’s Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick.
Saturday 15th February 2020 – Limerick. (Venue TBC)
Sunday 16th February 2020 – Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Birr, Co Offaly.
Tickets – information and release – January 2020.