Opera Gala at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire.

Friday June 22, 7.30 pm, tickets 25€/27.5€

This will be the eleventh year of the Opera Gala at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire, a well established annual event and a little gem in the opera scene in the Dublin area. The Gala is organised by DLR Glasthule Opera, brainchild of Anne-Marie O’Sullivan.

Promising young singers are showcased alongside more established ones, in a program full of popular arias. The singers are chosen by O’Sullivan herself, who knows a thing or two about singing being the former Head of Opera and vocal studies at DIT. You can actually have fun in the evening taking a guess at who may become the next opera star. A few years ago at one of the Galas, for example, I noticed a very self-confident young soprano, Jennifer Davis. Next week Davis will be replacing star soprano Kristine Opolais in the ROH production of Wagner’s Lohengrin in the role of Elsa.

David Brophy (casual)
Conductor David Brophy.

The 20-piece Glasthule Orchestra will be conducted by David Brophy. I have seen in the past a special alchemy in this orchestra-conductor combination, resulting in a particularly effortless and smooth sound. The very popular bass John Molloy will host the event and will also perform some arias during the evening. 

This year the program will include arias from The magic flute, The marriage of Figaro, Il ratto del serraglio, Don Giovanni, La Cenerentola, the Barber of Seville, L’Elisir d’Amore, Linda di Chamonix, Don Pasquale and arias from Handel. The singers will be sopranos Rachel Croash and Amy Hewitt, mezzo Sinead O’Kelly, tenor James McCreanor and bass Rory Dunne.

To book, visit the Pavilion Theatre website.


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