Opera in the Open

Welcome to the 2017 Opera in the Open programme, brought to you by Dublin City Council’s Arts Office. I hope you enjoy the operas performed this summer.

Operas take place in the Wood Quay Amphiteatre at 1pm

August 3rd
La Bohème – Giacomo Puccini

In mid 19th century Paris, there are four Bohemians living in an attic; the poet Rodolfo, the painter Marcello, the musician Schaunard, and the philosopher Colline. On Christmas Eve, they go to a bar, apart from Rodolfo. A neighbour, Mimi, knocks and asks him to light her candle. When Rodolfo’s candle goes out too, their hands touch in the dark and they become enamoured. Later, Rodolfo introduces Mimi to his friends and Musetta, the lover of Marcello, arrives. The next year, Mimi visits Musetta and Marcello, telling Musetta that Rodolfo has been cold to her. Then Rodolfo arrives, and Mimi hides. Rodolfo tells Marcello that she has tuberculosis but he can’t afford medicine, before noticing her. They love each other, but decide to live separately. After some time, the four poor Bohemians live happily as usual. Musetta runs in with Mimi, who wants to die at Rodolfo’s side. His friends go out to find money to buy medicine while Rodolfo and Mimi remember their time together. When their friends come back, Mimi takes her last breath.

Cast: Sandra Oman, Richard Shaffrey, Brendan Collins, Simon Morgan, Maria McGrann

Director: Morgan Crowley

Musical Director: Andrew Synnott


August 10th
Cox and Box (Arthur Sullivan)

Sergeant Bouncer, a landlord, is letting his flat to two different lodgers, Mr. Cox and Mr. Box, neither of whom knows about the other. Cox, a hatter, works all day; Box, a printer, works all night; so they never come in contact, except that they occasionally pass on the staircase. Cox has noted that he supplies of tea, sugar, coal etc. keep disappearing but Bouncer suggests it was the cat!  Box comes home that night, lights his fire, takes out some bread and lies down on the bed for a catnap. Cox re-enters, having gotten a day off from his employer. He is delighted to find a roll on the table, but surprised to find the fire already lit.  General mayhem ensues. Each suggests the other should leave but neither will budge. Finally, they realise that it is all Bouncer's fault, and they may as well be friends. They serenade each other on the guitar.  They soon discover however that they share more than a flat...........

Cast: David Howes, Fearghal Curtis, Simon Morgan

Director: TBC

Musical Director: David Wray


August 17th
Rita (Gaetano Donizetti)

Rita is the landlady of a pub and treats her poor, timid, THIRD husband Peppe like dirt! All of a sudden, Rita's first husband, Gaspar shows up.  Everyone believed he had drowned. In reality, Gaspar had run away to Canada. Believing that Rita has died in a fire, Gaspar has returned to obtain her death certificate so that he can remarry. When the two meet, Gaspar tries to run away. Peppe, however, sees this as an opportunity to free himself from Rita's slaps because Gaspar is her legitimate husband. The two men agree to a game whereby whoever wins has to remain with Rita.  Both try to lose, but ultimately Gaspar is the "lucky" winner.  Rita refuses to go back to Gaspar however, as he was just as abusive to her as she is now to Peppe!  Gaspar, pretending he has lost the hand, induces Peppe to declare his love for Rita and his firm intention to remain as her husband. The crafty Gaspar, having achieved his purpose, heads off on his merry way!  Ain't marriage great......

Cast: Sandra Oman, Richard Shaffrey, Simon Morgan, Eoin Cannon

Director: Eoin Cannon

Musical Director: David Wray


August 24th
Gianni Schicchi  (Giacomo Puccini)

As Buoso Donati lies dead in his curtained four-poster bed, his relatives gather round to mourn his passing, but are really more interested in learning the contents of his will.  They find that he has left all his money to a Monastery.  Rinuccio, a young nephew, wants to enlist the assistance of Gianni Schicchi, whose daughter Lauretta he hopes to marry.  The relatives sneer at Schicchi because of his humble origins.  Rinuccio and Lauretta beg Schicchi to help as Rinuccio cannot marry Lauretta unless he inherits some money.  Lauretta makes a final plea to him with "O Mio Babbino Caro" and he agrees to look at the will.  An idea comes to him.   Buoso has now died.  Schicchi arranges for the body to be hidden.   The doctor arrives and Schicchi conceals himself behind the bed curtains, mimics Buoso's voice and declares that he's feeling better; he asks the doctor to return that evening.   Schicchi reveals to the family that he will disguise himself as Buoso and dictate a new will.  Everyone's delighted!  The notary arrives, and Schicchi starts to dictate the new will, leaving the bulk of the estate to himself!!! Schicchi slyly reminds them of the penalties that discovery of the ruse will bring.  There is now no bar to Rinuccio and Lauretta's marriage.

Cast: Ecaterina Tulgara, Brendan Collins, Collette Delahunt, Richard Shaffrey, Sandra Oman, Martha Bredin, Fearghal Curtis, David Howes, John Molloy, Simon Morgan, Tim Shaffrey

Director: Eoin Cannon

Musical Director: David Wray

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