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Music, Opera Music
Northern Ireland Opera in partnership with The Playhouse presents


27th January 2024
Time: 20:00
Tickets: £20

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‘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.


Les Nuits d’Été or Summer Nights is a song cycle in a staged performance by soprano Mary McCabe and pianist Bryan Evans with a performance of À Chloris and a selection of mélodie by Reynaldo Hahn.

‘À Chloris’ is a setting of a poem by the French poet Théophile de Viau (1590-1626). Hahn’s song was composed in 1916 and speaks of a shepherdess named Chloris, portraying her as the epitome of beauty and grace. Hahn’s compositional style is often associated with the French mélodie tradition, which emphasizes the fusion of poetry and music: a selection of mélodies will also be performed during this Salon Series event including ‘Si mes vers avaient des ailes‘, ‘L’heure exquise‘, ‘Le Rossignol des lilas‘, ‘L’énamourée‘ and ‘Mai‘. This will be performed by soprano Anna Gregg with pianist Bryan Evans.

Hector Berlioz originally wrote Les Nuits d’Été, based around Théophile Gautier’s poems, for a mezzo or tenor and piano, though it is more well known in its orchestral version.  ‘Les Nuits d’Été’ is Berlioz’s only song cycle published as a set. The songs explore the universal themes of love and loss and will be performed in French by mezzo soprano Jenny Bourke with pianist Bryan Evans.

English translations will be available for the audience.



Northern Ireland Opera in partnership with The Playhouse
Experience a set of six staged concerts in the round taking 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. 



The Salon Series is a new programme of short operas, art songs, cabaret, and music theatre performances staged in the round in locations around Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Opera are presenting a wonderful series of events which will inspire and entertain our audiences through some exciting and spectacular performances.



Elle, La Voix Humaine
Mary McCabe

Pianist, La Voix Humaine
David Quigley

Soprano, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Wendy Ferguson

Pianist, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Ruth McGinley

Soprano, 'Sea Wrack'
Susie Gibbons

Mezzo Soprano 'Sea Wrack'
Jenny Bourke

Tenor 'Sea Wrack'
Michael Bell

Baritone 'Sea Wrack'
Seamus Brady

Pianist 'Sea Wrack'
Frasier Hickland

Vocalist 'The Lost Boy'
Conor Quinn

Baritone, 'Songs and Dances of Death'
Brendan Collins

Mezzo 'Kindertotenlieder'
Margaret Bridge

Pianist, 'Songs and Dances of Death' and 'Kindertotenlieder'
Tristan Russcher

Soprano 'Les Nuits D'Été' and 'A Chloris at Hillsborough
Mary McCabe

Mezzo Soprano 'Les Nuits D'Été at the Courtyard
Sinéad O'Kelly

Mezzo Soprano 'Les Nuits D'Été' at The MAC
Jenny Bourke

Soprano 'A Chloris' at The MAC
Anna Gregg

Pianist 'Les Nuits D'Été
Bryan Evans



Cameron Menzies

Hair and Make Up
Nuala Campbell and Connie McGrath

Lighting Design
PSI Productions



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27th January 2024 ~ 8:00pm