Thursday 29 September 2016

Power and murder take centre stage as political opera tours

Published 21/08/2015 | 02:30

Singers Anna Devlin (left), Alan Ewing and Maire Flavin (right) during rehearsal for Handel's 'Agrippina' at The Lir in Dublin
Singers Anna Devlin (left), Alan Ewing and Maire Flavin (right) during rehearsal for Handel's 'Agrippina' at The Lir in Dublin

Greed, money, politics and power. A politically themed opera is set to grace several Irish stages next month.

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But the performance by the Irish Youth Opera (IYO) is not bringing to life some of the antics from Kildare Street, rather it is Handel's 'Agrippina'.

The production will tour around Limerick, Galway, Dublin and Armagh next month. The show, which tells the tale of a woman plotting the downfall of Roman Emperor Claudius in order for her son Nero to take his place, is to be set on Wall Street in this version of the ancient tale.

"It's a political opera, very political," said a spokesperson for the IYO. "But instead of setting the show in Italy in the early 18th century where Handel set it, this production takes place in a kind of Wall Street... it is inspired by the look and the feel of Wall Street in the '80s and '90s."

Rehearsals are well under way for the tour, which kicks off on September 8.

Singers from the production - Anna Devin, Pádraic Rowan and Alan Ewing - were busy rehearsing yesterday afternoon in the capital.

This is the first time that 'Agrippina' has been performed in Ireland and it features an all-Irish cast.

Irish Independent

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