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Sunday 24 February 2019

Operatic magic comes to St Peter's on Sunday evening

Irish National Opera, Ireland's first national opera company is celebrating its first year with an extensive tour of Gluck's masterpiece Orfeo ed Euridice.

The production which had a sold-out run at Galway International Arts Festival last July, will visit 11 venues around the country including a concert performance in St Peter's Church of Ireland presented by Drogheda Classical Music on Sunday 10 February at 7:30pm.

The all-Irish cast is headed by mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty, whose debut in the role in Galway won widespread critical plaudits. Sharon has been praised as "quite simply sensational" by the German magazine Der Opernfreund. While for her Wexford Festival Opera debut as Lucy Talbot in William Bolcom's Dinner at Eight last October, Operawire described her "subtle shading and carefully accented vocal line" as bringing "depth and ambiguity to her character".

Sharon is joined by Sarah Power as a mysterious Euridice and Emma Nash as Amore, all under the musical direction of Peter Whelan who will conduct the Irish Baroque Orchestra.

Gluck's version of the Orpheus myth features the composer's most famous aria, the profoundly moving Che farò senza Euridice.

INO artistic director and Julianstown resident, Fergus Sheil, said, "I am delighted that one of our stand-out shows of 2018, the profound and deeply moving production of Orfeo ed Euridice, featuring the gut-wrenching sincerity of Sharon Carty, will now be seen by opera lovers all over the country, including Drogheda. Our Orfeo brings 21st-century Irish creative perspectives to bear on one of the 18th century's most haunting operas."

Tickets are €19 / €17 conc (in advance) or €20 / €18 (on the door). Student / child ticket €5. Booking is highly recommended and available through Droichead Arts Centre on 041 9833946 or www.droichead.com

Drogheda Classical Music is presented in partnership with Droichead Arts Centre and funded by the Arts Council and Create Louth with sponsorship from the d hotel.

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