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OWEN WINGRAVE an Opera by Benjamin Britten

Libretto by Myfanwy Piper

Opera Collective Ireland
in association with the
Académie de l’Opéra national de Paris and the Irish Chamber Orchestra
Stephen Barlowe Conductor
Tom Creed Director
Aedín Cosgrave Set & Lighting
Catherine Fay Costumes
Cast Benjamin Russell Owen Wingrave, Christopher Cull  Spencer Coyle, Peter O’Reilly
Lechmere Roisin Walsh Miss Wingrave, Rachel Croash Mrs. Coyle, Amy Ní Fhearraigh Mrs. Julian, Sarah Richmond Kate Andrew Boushell Sir Philip/Narrator

Following its award-winning collaboration with Handel’s AGRIPPINA (“All round perfection that was wondrous” – The Sunday Business Post), the Irish Chamber Orchestra is delighted to once again join forces with Opera Collective Ireland to present the Irish Premiere of Britten’s compelling masterpiece OWEN WINGRAVE in a co-production with the Opéra national de Paris. Composed at the height of the Vietnam war, the subject provided Britten with an ideal opportunity to make a public statement of his deeply held pacifist beliefs. Far from being mere propaganda, OWEN WINGRAVE is a characteristically rich and multi-layered work that is as pertinent now as it was then. As with AGRIPPINA, the cast of which featured Irish singers that have since gone on to sing on some of the most prominent stages of the world including Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, La Scala Milan and the Teatro Real, Madrid, OWEN WINGRAVE will see the finest young Irish singers take centre stage. The superb cast includes the baritone Benjamin Russell who is currently carving a wonderful career in Germany and the accomplished Limerick soprano Roisín Walsh as his formidable aunt.

“The company looks like becoming an important force in the development of music drama in Ireland in the years ahead.” Opera Magazine

Concert Dates

  • 20:00, Saturday, September 9, 2017

    Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick

    Tickets no longer available

  • 1505332800
  • 20:00, Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    The Everyman, Cork

    Tickets no longer available

  • 1505503800
  • 19:30, Friday, September 15, 2017

    O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin (Dublin Fringe Festival)

    Tickets no longer available

  • 1505590200
  • 19:30, Saturday, September 16, 2017

    O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin

    Tickets no longer available


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