Experience a set of six staged concerts taking place between October 2023 and May 2024. From short opera, song cycles, cabaret to musical theatre from the golden age, each event will take you into a world of beautiful music, drama and emotion in the special, intimate surroundings of The Playhouse.
All productions fully staged with singers in costume, accompanied by a pianist.
Presented by Northern Ireland Opera in partnership with The Playhouse as part of Plugged In
Find out more about each event…
SONGS AND DANCES OF DEATH AND KINDERTOTENLIEDER
27 OCTOBER 2023
Dark, magnificent music by two legendary composers – powerful themes of life and death at Halloween.
In ‘Songs and Dances of Death’ by Mussorgsky- baritone Brendan Collins plays Death, performing four songs where the devil relives his success in calling over four people to be with him and lose their lives.
In ‘Kindertotenlieder’ by Mahler - a mother, performed by Margaret Bridge, sings of her love for her lost children in five songs.Tristan Russcher will be on piano.
LA VOIX HUMAINE
18 NOVEMBER 2023
‘La Voix Humaine’, by Francis Poulenc. A one woman, fully staged performance by Mary McCabe (with David Quigley on piano). Based on a play by Jean Cocteau, inspired ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’ by Pedro Almodovar. We eavesdrop on a woman as her life falls apart while her boyfriend dumps her over the phone so he can marry someone else.
‘LES NUITS D’ÉTE’ AND ‘A CHLORIS AND OTHER MÉLODIE’
27 JANUARY 2024
‘Les Nuits D’Éte’ and ‘A Chloris and other mélodie’. French songs by Berlioz and Hahn exploring universal themes of love and loss. 'Les Nuits' performed by mezzo Jenny Bourke, 'A Chloris and other melodie' performed by soprano Anna Gregg with pianist Bryan Evans.
2 MARCH 2024
Four opera singers will perform well-known Irish songs by Irish and Northern Irish composers, from Hamilton Harty to Neil Hannon. Including new arrangements of the much loved songs ‘Carrickfergus’, ‘Méilte Cheann Dubhran’ and the Neil Hannon classic, ‘Sunrise’. Singers are soprano Susie Gibbons, mezzo Jenny Bourke, tenor Michael Bell, baritone Seamus Brady. Pianist is Frasier Hickland. An evening of songs, songwriting, traditional music with a twist, songs loosely themed around emigration, nostalgia, water and the sea.
THE LOST BOY
20 APRIL 2024
‘The Lost Boy: Street Scenes and Soldiers’ Tales’: cabaret and music theatre songs about loss, love and hope, performed by Conor Quinn. Featuring work from cabaret, music theatre: the small ensemble includes piano, drums and bass, 'The Lost Boy’ explores a young man’s journey into adulthood with themes of hope, loss of youth, and songs inspired by unrest and war. Click here for more details.
BEWITCHED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED
25 MAY 2024
‘Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered’: songs from the golden age of musical theatre, including works by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim and Rodgers and Hammerstein, performed by soprano Wendy Ferguson and pianist Ruth McGinley. Enjoy well-loved classics with some hidden gems too for an hour of witty, heart-rending and spectacular songs performed by two legendary Derry musicians.
Elle, La Voix Humaine
Pianist, La Voix Humaine
Soprano, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Pianist, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Soprano, 'Sea Wrack'
Mezzo Soprano 'Sea Wrack'
Tenor 'Sea Wrack'
Baritone 'Sea Wrack'
Pianist 'Sea Wrack'
Vocalist 'The Lost Boy'
Baritone, 'Songs and Dances of Death'
Pianist, 'Songs and Dances of Death' and 'Kindertotenlieder'
Soprano 'Les Nuits D'Été' and 'A Chloris at Hillsborough
Mezzo Soprano 'Les Nuits D'Été at the Courtyard
Mezzo Soprano 'Les Nuits D'Été' at The MAC
Soprano 'A Chloris' at The MAC
Pianist 'Les Nuits D'Été
Hair and Make Up
Nuala Campbell and Connie McGrath