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Wide Open Opera: Athena Media to document new Irish opera company
Mon 10 Sep 2012 by Athena Media>
The Athena Media team is behind a new commission to follow the story of Ireland's new opera company Wide Open Opera and its first production, Wagner's Tristan & Isolde which is to be perfomed in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre at the Grand Canal for three nights, Sept 30th, Oct 3th and 6th. The radio documentary, and a short feature series, will be broadcast on Niall Carroll’s programme on RTÉ Lyric FM in November, with the short series every day at 1.45pm on Monday the 19th, Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Friday the 23rd, with the full feature also on Friday the 23rd at 7.00pm. The opera itself will be broadcast in full on Lyric fm on Saturday November 24th. The production team is being led by award winning producer Helen Shaw and the recordist is Michael Gallen, himself a talented new composer. The radio production is being supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the documentary will chart the story behind Wide Open Opera and its mission to radically change the status of opera as an art form in Ireland. The new opera company is led by conductor Fergus Sheil. Athena Media previously worked with Fergus on the Opera for Carlow radio project which was shortlisted for a PPI Award in 2011.
The production of Tristan & Isolde is in partnership with Welsh National Opera and features Irish opera star Miriam Murphy in the role of Isolde. Miriam has had a stellar international career but this production offers her and Irish audiences to experience Wagner's Tristan right here in Dublin. The opera has not been fully staged in Dublin in over 50 years and is seen by many as a highly ambitious start for the new opera company. Fergus Sheil sees it as a statement of intent 'we want to cover the full spectrum of opera from pop up opera performances in the street to productions like this at the very pinnacle of international opera'. The documentary will explore the position for opera in Ireland and interviews include Seamus Crimmins of RTE Performing Groups and Niall Doyle previously Chief Executive of Opera Ireland. Michael Gallen is recording with the company in its rehearsals across September and Athena Media will be updating our website with news and details of the opera and are associated radio productions.
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