Opera in the Open 2015

Opera in the Open 2015

Pic: Dublin City Council

Opera in the Open kicks off in Merrion Square this week!

The theme of this year’s programme is French opera, and to celebrate the French Embassy’s Cultural Service relocating to Merrion Square, Orphée et Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck will be performed at 1pm tomorrow in Merrion Square Park.

The season continues throughout August in the Wood Quay Amphitheatre, with lunchtime concerts performing excerpts from French operas from 1-2pm every Thursday. Carmen by Bizet will be performed on the 6th, Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Pygmalion on the 13th, Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole on the 20th and Orphée aux Enfers by Jacques Offenbach on the 27th. While the operas will be performed in the original French, they will be narrated in English

Dublin City Council’s Arts Officer, Ray Yeates spoke of the programme’s appeal: “Opera in the Open is one of Dublin’s most popular summertime events. Now in its sixteenth year this season marks a special collaboration with the French Embassy with a wonderful selection of French Opera performances. Come along to our Amphitheatre and enjoy sunny afternoons (hopefully) and beautiful music”

By Aimée Mac Leod

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