At Opera Workshop we are always happy to share our good news and here’s some more…
We are delighted to announce that we have received Opera Project, Research & Development funding from the Arts Council of Ireland for development work on our new opera, ‘No 2 Pery Square’.
‘No 2 Pery Square’ is a new Limerick opera with libretto and music by composer, Fiona Linnane.
With the wonderful, brand new score complete, we cannot wait to test out our new work in situ in 2022. Test audience will be needed to follow us upstairs, downstairs, through the coach house, garden and from room to room to see and hear our rendering of this corner of Limerick history. Keep an eye out in February 2022 to find out how you might be first to get a sneak preview.
The award also gives us the chance to record Linnane’s new opera. We look forward to catching up with our good friends at University Concert Hall, Limerick and are grateful to them for their ongoing support.
The door of the wonderful Limerick landmark building in historic New Town Pery, was opened to us with continued generous support at every stage of the project’s development by Limerick Civic Trust.
With particular thanks to Limerick Arts Office who supported Opera Workshop from the first moment we began to plan this unique project.
An innovative and ambitious work none of this would be possible without our amazing production partners Honest Arts.
Thanks too to Lyric FM and the Irish Chamber Orchestra for their support of ‘No 2 Pery Square’ all along the way!
With singers, instrumentalists, conductor, sound recordists, film makers, designers, production crew all coming on board we will be proudly sharing news of our growing team in the coming months.
Watch this space…it is going to get very interesting!
Our latest films…
Songs of The Meteorologist by Fiona Linnane featuring soprano Roisin Walsh and saxophonist Markus Kraeber with thanks to Shannon Rowing Club supported by Creative Ireland and Limerick City and Council.
OFF THE PAGE
An introduction to character and text for singers
Opera Workshop is moving online for our next workshop for singers.
We are delighted to continue the work begun with our masterclass partners the Mid West Vocal Academy.
With the support of Creative Ireland and the Limerick City and County Council Arts Office we will run ‘Off The Page’ a half day online workshop on Monday 30th November.
Led by Opera Workshop Artistic Director, Shirley Keane, the workshop will focus on ways to approach building a character and on the performance of spoken text.
We look forward to developing a new series of singing and acting, group and individual classes in 2021. Whether online or in person we look forward to continuing our work with the Mid West Vocal Academy and building on the workshops and masterclass series that have always been such an important part of our work in Limerick.
Monday 30th November
11:00am to 2:00pm
Only 4 places on this first pilot workshop.
There is one free place available.
This workshop is supported by Limerick City and County Council Arts Office through the Creative Ireland, Made in Limerick Grant.
Interested participant singers can apply to firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Songs of the Meteorologist’
by Fiona Linnane
☔️The Opera Forecast🌧
The opera forecast for the Mid West will be taking a turn for the dramatic in December when Opera Workshop in association with production partners Honest Arts release the short films, ‘Songs of the Meteorologist’ by Fiona Linnane. Featuring soprano Roisin Walsh and saxophonist Markus Kraeber, these operatic weather reports will whip up a storm of wild antics and sultry outlooks.
Filmed in and around the rooms and grounds of the iconic Shannon Rowing Club on Limerick’s Sarsfield Bridge, the scenes were first produced as part of the site specific production of ‘Abandoned’ at the Sailor’s Home. These snappy songs of the trials and tribulations of a meteorologist were dreamed up by soprano Roisin Walsh. Roisin was inspired by the storm reporting of Teresa Mannion and the social media coverage that ensued and Fiona Linnane was only too happy to create, these truly inspired songs of extreme dedication to duty and our native obsession with the weather!
Directed by artistic director, Shirley Keane working with film makers Lucy Dawson and Shane Vaughan and production partners Honest Arts, Opera Workshop look forward to bringing you these crazy vignettes featuring soprano Roisin Walsh and saxophonist Markus Kraeber. We are grateful for the generous support of @creativeireland and @limerickarts for the opportunity to create this new short film as we continue to reach out to our audience via social media.
Our sincere thanks to Shannon Rowing Club for sharing their wonderful building with us for the making of this film.
No 2 Pery Square
Join us Friday the 18th September as our new project will be premiered virtually on our YouTube channel here at 8pm
For more information visit the Culture Night website here
Music – Fiona Linnane
Director – Shirley Keane
Production Partners – Pius McGrath and Tara Doolan, Honest Arts
Music Direction – Sinead Hayes
Film Makers – Lucy Dawson and Shane Vaughan
Sound Recording – Dave Keary, Red Door Productions
Costume – Ella Daly
Roisin Walsh – Tina
Sarah-Ellen Murphy – Aine (and Surveyor 1)
Kevin Neville – Artist (and Surveyor 2)
Triona Walsh – Charlotte
Eoin Scanlon – Piano
Roisin McMullin – Violin & Viola
No 2 Pery Square is a Research & Development project funded by The Arts Council of Ireland and supported by the Limerick City & County Council Arts Department.
The cast, composer and director met in January 2020, spending a few days devising characters and researching stories connected with the Limerick Civic Trust Maintained, No 2 Pery Square.
The restored Georgian House is now home to The People’s Museum of Limerick and is a much loved Limerick landmark.
Fiona Linnane subsequently composed 6 scenes inspired by the cast devising process.
The aim was to rehearse and present a workshop performance to a live audience at the house in April 2020. It was incredibly disappointing when all our preparations had to be put on hold in March 2020. Like many organisations we have had to do a lot of adjusting and replanning. The obvious solutions was to record and film the work. If regulations and health recommendations mean we cannot perform to a live audience then we have to bring our work to our audience through film.
We are, cast and crew, without exception, excited and relieved to be back at work on this project.
We filmed four scenes at No 2 Pery Square in July 2020. It was a relief and exciting to finally have the opportunity to explore and play with the music, the house and our ideas as originally planned, albeit through a new format. No 2 Pery Square has the potential we believe, to grow and develop into a longer opera. We have not given up hope of sharing the work with a live audience, but are excited that we can share this early stage exploration with you through the medium of film in the meantime.
Keep a look out in early Autumn 2020!
Read more here.
2020 – The year that was stopped short
We thought we were on quite a roll at Opera Workshop until our routines, our work, our daily activities were stopped short. Like everyone we wait, trying to be patient. With the safety and well-being of all our artists, friends and audiences of paramount importance, we admit to a huge amount of disappointment that we are unable to share the first scenes of our new opera, ‘No 2 Pery Square’, by Fiona Linnane.
However we can look back on an incredibly busy few months since our season launch in October 2019, held at the No 1 Pery Square Hotel and the wonderful performances and projects that took place in to early 2020. Read more about our season to date here:
Hands in Harmony
Check out this link to a short documentary on the making of ‘Signing not Miming’ made for us by Lucy Dawson. Read more about this here.
What is Opera Workshop up to now?
Batten down the hatches at Shannon Rowing Club
Opera Workshop is in the house.
As the weather takes a turn Opera Workshop will shoot the breeze (quite literally) in and around the rooms and grounds of the iconic Shannon Rowing Club building.
This weekend we are, while taking great heed of the current regulations, delighted to be filming ‘Songs of a Meteorologist’ by Fiona Linnane. First produced as part of the site specific production of ‘Abandoned’ at the Sailor’s Home in 2018 these snappy songs of the trials and tribulations of a meteorologist were dreamed up by soprano Roisin Walsh. Roisin was inspired by the storm reporting of Teresa Mannion and the social media coverage that ensued and Fiona Linnane was only too happy to set to music, these truly inspired songs of extreme dedication to duty (and the weather!)
Director Shirley Keane will work once again with Lucy Dawson and Shane Vaughan and production partners Honest Arts to bring you these crazy vignettes featuring soprano Roisin Walsh and saxophonist Markus Kraeber.
We are grateful for the generous support of Creative Ireland and The Limerick City & County Arts Office for the opportunity to create this new short film as we continue to reach out to our audience via social media.
Our thanks too to Shannon Rowing Club for allowing us the use of their wonderful building for this film.