Fancy an idyllic picnic in the park with home-grown operatic voices or a work lunch out of a stuffy office? Dublin City Council invites people from all over the city and beyond, to enjoy immersive mini-operas in the heart of the capital with this summer’s season of Opera In The Open. Taking place every Thursday in August between 1-2pm in the Amphitheatre, Wood Quay the colourful and dramatic performances are free to attend. It begins Thursday, 1st August with Mozart’s masterful ‘The Impresario’.
Celebrating its 20th season this summer, Opera In The Open returns to Wood Quay presenting the rich operatic works of Mozart, Stravinsky, Donizetti and Gounod. Performers will transform into dramatic characters in colourful costumes to take the audience into a world of thrilling theatrics. Performers for this season include outstanding soprano singer Sandra Oman, Simon Morgan, bass-baritone Rory Dunne, soprano Sylvia O’Brien, Owen Gilhooly and well-known actress Mary McEvoy who also directs a number of performances.
Dublin City Council advises people to get there early as over 1,000 generally attend each powerful performance. “Take this opportunity to bring your lunch outside and into the sounds of Ireland’s most beautiful singers and storytellers. We want to show that opera is for all. The amphitheatre is transformed into a place of discovery where you are transported to a different world of wonder for one hour every Thursday.” said Ray Yeates, Arts Officer, Dublin City Council.
For this season’s first performance on 1st August, dip your toes into the world of opera with an easy to follow rendition of Mozart’s The Impresario, performed in English. This piece is rarely seen in Ireland and will be taken on by some of Ireland’s top opera performers.
Musical Director David Wray said, “20 years ago I was given a brief by Dublin City Council envisioning accessible opera performances for everyone, with a view to demystifying the belief that opera is elitist. We feel that over the years we have achieved this balance. Growing a regular audience while still getting hundreds of new faces each year, truly shows the interest Dublin has in all forms of art and performance. Our magical city is happy to take in all forms of culture and this year we hope to display a range of inclusive and entertaining opera presentations for folks from all over.”