Opera Collective Ireland presents Irish premiere of OWEN WINGRAVE in Limerick , Cork , Dublin

OWEN WINGRAVE – an opera by Benjamin Britten

CAST: Andrew Boushell, Rachel Croash, Christopher Cull, Amy Ní Fhearraigh, Peter O’Reilly, Sarah Richmond, Benjamin Russell & Roisín Walsh

A gripping tale of family conflict with devastating consequences –

At Coyle’s cramming establishment in London, Owen and his friend Lechmere are learning the strategy of battle. At the end of the lesson, Owen declares that he cannot go through with a military career. Coyle is angry but agrees to break the news to the Wingrave family for whom soldiering has been a way of life for decades……

OWEN WINGRAVE was composed originally for BBC television, although Britten himself didn’t own a TV, and had reservations about the medium.

As pertinent now as then, OWEN WINGRAVE was composed by Britten at the height of the Vietnam War. The opera poses the question: Is pacifism an act of cowardice? Or rather a desire to escape from the spiral of war and create world peace? To what extent do we determine our own futures? Should we let past events inform the decisions we make? Britten’s characters grapple with timeless issues in this gripping psychodrama.

2017 sees Opera Collective Ireland expand its horizons to join forces with the internationally-renowned Paris Opera, to present the Irish premiere of Britten’s compelling opera, OWEN WINGRAVE.

A co-production with the Académie de l’Opéra national de Paris, and directed by the award-winning Irish director from Cork, Tom Creed, the performances will be conducted by Stephen Barlow, who returns to the company following the much-praised performances of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia in 2014. 

Performed by some of Ireland’s finest young singers, this superb piece of operatic theatre is as pertinent now as it was when first premiered forty-six years ago.

The production opens at the Lime Tree, Limerick, and tours to the Everyman, Cork, while taking to the Dublin Fringe Festival and O’Reilly Theatre for two performances this September. Running time approx. 120 mins (incl. interval).

Libretto by Myfanwy Piper based on a short story by Henry James


A co-production with the Académie de l’Opéra national de Paris

Supported by RTÉ Lyric FM
& the French Embassy in Ireland

with the IRISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Conducted by Stephen Barlow

Directed by Tom Creed

Set and Lighting Design by Aedin Cosgrove

Costume Design by Catherine Fay

TOURS: Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick – 9 September 2017 / Everyman Theatre, Cork – 13 September, 2017 / O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin (at Dublin Fringe Festival) – 15 & 16 September, 2017

LIME TREE THEATRE, Limerick 

Saturday 9 September | 7.30pm 28 / 25 / 15 (Student)

Bookings: limetreetheatre.ie / Tel: 061 953 400

EVERYMAN THEATRE, Cork

Wednesday 13 September | 8.00pm 28 / 24 / 9 (Student)

Bookings: everymancork.com / Tel: 021 450 1673

O’REILLY THEATRE, Belvedere College, Dublin

Friday 15 & Saturday 16 September | 8.00pm | €33 / €28

Bookings: fringefest.com (Online bookings open Now) / Tel: 1850 374 643 (Phone bookings from Aug 30)

In association with Dublin Fringe Festival 

Full Tour Information:  operacollectiveireland.com

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