Liszt and Wagner were on one side of a progressive/conservative split in late 19th-century German musical circles. The Ulster Orchestra explore this divide in a performance themed on the Music of the Future.
The evening begins with the first strains of what Wagner called the “music of the future,” and an opportunity for audiences to recall last season’s acclaimed performance of The Flying Dutchman with NI Opera.
Conducted by Alan Buribayev, local soloist Michael McHale plays the Piano Concerto No. 2 by the great innovator Liszt, and the concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s mighty Symphony No. 5.
Come fly with me One of the grandest of grand operas, NI Opera’s The Flying Dutchman is a feast for the eyes and ears, marrying thrilling drama and a gorgeously romantic score. One stormy night a Norwegian sea captain encounters the Flying Dutchman – a ghostly captain doomed to sail the seas for all eternity. The two men strike a deal, but things do not go according to plan…
With a superb international cast and the Ulster Orchestra in the pit, this breathtaking production is your chance to experience the epic scale of Wagnerian opera in Northern Ireland. Grand Opera House, Belfast Fri 15 Feb, 7.15 pm
Sun 17 Feb, 2 pm
£19.25 – £45
Anyone who has seen Peter Shaffer’s stage play Amadeus, or the Oscar-winning movie of the same name, will know that behind the refined veneer of 18th century opera lies numerous stories of intrigue, seething jealousy and sabotage.
Join NI Opera for a fascinating look at the hidden underbelly of opera. Featuring stunning music by Handel, Mozart, JC Bach and Nicola Porpora, this Out to Lunch concert will take you behind the scenes and into the darker corners of the opera world.
Introducing three great young opera talents; Soprano Laura Sheerin from Derry, baritone Aaron O’Hare from Co. Down, and mezzo-soprano Laura Murphy from Wexford are all current members of NI Opera’s Young Artists’ Programme.Mark Chambers, Vocal Facilitator of the programme, will provide the background context, and Gail Evans will accompany the singers.
Sex, subterfuge and snuff – the perfect ingredients for a lunchtime concert!
Fancy attending EVERY concert for free at the International Festival of Chamber Music in February?
Belfast Music Society was founded in 1921 and is the city’s longest-standing promoter of Classical chamber music.
There’s so much on offer from Paul Watkins (cello) & Huw Watkins (piano) to the Student Showcase Recital in the Harty Room; the Razumovsky Ensemble, a Chamber Masterclass and Paul Barritt (violin) and James Lisney (piano). Not forgetting Stephen Kovacevich (piano) and the NI Opera Young Artists’ Programme recital. And of course the Royal String Quartet returning after their performance at Ulster Bank Festival at Queen’s.
NI Opera and KT Wong Foundation present Britten’s much loved children’s opera, Noye’s Fludde, in the stunning backdrop of Belfast Zoo.
The lakeside performances will capture the sights and sounds of the famous story of Noah, his Ark and the flood, brought to life by a huge chorus of local schoolchildren dressed in spectacular animal costumes, alongside professional opera singers and musicians.
Noye’s Fludde promises to be a once in a lifetime experience for the whole family, so bring a picnic and a rug and come and enjoy the fun!
Calling all opera novices and diehards! This is the performance for you. NI Opera has co-commissioned five brand new operas by contemporary Northern Irish composers – as part of the London 2012 Festival celebrations.
Each piece is between 10 to 20 minutes long with accompaniment from the Ulster Orchestra and NI Opera’s young singers. A series of mini operas that create one spine-tingling extravaganza.
NI Opera Shorts creates unique partnerships between a number of leading writers and well-known composers. The five brand new operas include:
Our Day* composed by Conor Mitchell, written by international playwright Mark Ravenhill
A piece composed by Brian Irvine, written by playwright Owen McCafferty
A partnership between award-winning playwright Frank McGuinness and Christopher Norby
Two new operas – one composed by Deirdre McKay and Richard Dormer and another by Ed Bennett and Stacey Gregg
All five pieces will be directed by Rachel O’Riordan (Hurricane, Ransom) and designed by Armagh designer, Gary McCann.
This month’s update includes a chance to win tickets to see the Irish Baroque Symphony Orchestra at the Crescent Arts Centre in September, highlights you can look forward to from this year’s Ulster Bank Belfast Festival At Queen’s, and the usual mix of news and events coming up in the next month.
This month includes a chance to win tickets to see the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra at the Belfast Waterfront in October, season launches from NI Opera and the Ulster Orchestra, and the usual mix of news and events coming up in the next month.