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National Touring

APRIL 2018Peter Whelan

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Irish National Opera
Peter Whelan Conductor
Patrick Mason Director, Francis O’Connor Designer, Paul Keogan Lighting Designer

Jonathan Lemalu Figaro, Tara Erraught Susanna, Ben McAteer Count, Máire Flavin Countess,
Aoife Miskelly Cherubino, Suzanne Murphy Marcellina, Adrian Thompson Basilio, Graeme Danby Bartolo, Andrew Gavin Curzio, John Molloy Antonio, Amy Ní Fhearraigh Barbarina

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (Sung in Italian with English surtitles)

The Irish Chamber Orchestra collaborates with the newly formed Irish National Opera and a dream-team ensemble cast from Ireland and beyond.

One of the greatest comic operas ever written, Mozart’s fast-paced masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro revolves around a single day of madness as Susanna valiantly attempts to escape the amorous clutches of Count Almaviva, her fiancé Figaro’s employer on her wedding day.

This comic tale of mayhem and mischief boasts some of the most beautiful and familiar music ever written including the famous overture. Mozart’s superb score drives the drama with unforgettable solos and hilarious ensemble numbers.

Friday 13th April National Opera House, Wexford @ 8pm 053 912 2144 / 1850 4 OPERA
Tuesday 17 April Gaiety Theatre, Dublin @ 7.30pm 0818 719388 or
Wednesday 18 April Gaiety Theatre, Dublin @ 7.30pm 0818 719388 or
Friday 20 April Gaiety Theatre, Dublin @ 7.30pm 0818 719388 or
Saturday 21 April Gaiety Theatre, Dublin @ 7.30pm 0818 719388 or


Irish Chamber Orchestra
Katherine Hunka Director/Violin 
Nicola Sweeney Violin 


Vivaldi   Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello in D-major, Op. 3 No. 1 (RV 549)
Malachy Robinson  Dream of the Green Men
JS Bach  Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1042
Schubert   String Quartet in D Minor D 810 Death and the Maiden

The spark of Vivaldi’s inflammable brilliance first ignited with his Opus 3: L’estro armonico or The Genius of Harmony –a set of twelve concertos, and one of the most influential works of its day.  No. 1 oozes creativity and imagination.

Malachy Robinson’s cinematic new work (commissioned for this tour) invokes music both old and new, and green men both woodland and alien.

Bach’s Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, known as the Double Violin Concerto, is one of his best-loved works. True to his nature, Bach’s Double is infused with polyphony, resulting in a fascinating 3-way dialogue between soloists and the orchestra, all sharing melodic ideas and motivic fragments throughout. 

Schubert’s Death and the Maiden is one of his finest works and a cornerstone of the repertoire.  Encompassing the full range of emotion from extreme tenderness to high drama, whilst ending in a wild Tarantella, it makes for thought-provoking, engaging listening.

Wednesday 16 May   St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick @ 8pm
Thursday 17 May  Cultúrlann, Kilkee, Co. Clare @ 8pm – 065 9060769
Friday 18 May  Newport Church, Newport, Co, Mayo @ 8pm 
Saturday 19 May The Garage Theatre, Monaghan @ 8pm047 39777
The Irish Chamber Orchestra… as stylishly as ever, though the smooth sound of their modern instruments inevitably adds to the sense of a meanly-sliced expressive palette”. Golden Plec

Since 2011, the Irish Chamber Orchestra has visited over 27 venues across 16 counties, nationwide. This is in addition to its regular concert season which runs in Limerick and Dublin.


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