The Royal Irish Academy of Music in collaboration with The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin in association with the Abbey Theatre
26 - 30 March 2019
Dates: 26 – 30 March
On the Peacock Stage
Tickets: €25 / Conc. €13
Running Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Early Bird tickets available until 15 February.
To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 97 212
An introduction to the next generation of singers and stage technicians in the first-known opera by a female composer.
Francesca Caccini: La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola di Alcina
The RIAM, in collaboration with The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art, returns to the Abbey Theatre for Opera Briefs, a creative partnership between these two dynamic educational institutions.
Set on Alcina’s magical island, Francesca Caccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola di Alcina is the first-known opera by a female composer and her only surviving opera.
First performed in Florence in 1625, this pioneering composer set the libretto, derived from Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, as a “Balletto in Musica” mixing music, drama and dance.
The story was later the inspiration for operas by Vivaldi, Handel and Haydn. The music is a glorious mixture of choruses, arias, recitatives and madrigals.
- Conductor: David Adams