Tag: Opera

Review: The Last Siren

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Director: Ksenija Krnajski Being the only one of her kind left, the titular last siren wanders her beach, lamenting the past with only flotsam and debris as company. Her sister has departed and she has been driven demented by loneliness. The siren (Lauren Kinsella) has no one to listen to her…

Review: Opera Briefs

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. A double-bill of Monteverdi and Handel comprises Opera Briefs, which is presented by The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM), in collaboration with The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art. Focussing on love in opera and choosing lesser performed pieces, Monteverdi’s Tirsi e Clori is first, which offers a mini-showcase of…

Review: The Dead / An Opera

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Based on James Joyce’s classic short story from Dubliners, this is a pared back operatic version of The Dead, with libretto by playwright Tom Swift and music by Ellen Cranitch. The Dead tells the tale of Gabriel Conroy (Rory Musgrave) who attends his aunts’ post-Christmas party, held on The Feast of…