Friday 05 July

A Night at the Opera with Claudia Boyle

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Time 7:30pm
National Concert Hall Dublin

Tickets: from €20 more info

  • Claudia Boyle
  • John Finucane
  • Donizetti

    Overture to Don Pasquale

  • Donizetti

    ‘O luce di quest’anima’ from Linda di Chamonix

  • Auber

    Overture to The Bronze Horse

  • Bizet

    ‘Comme autrefois’ from The Pearl Fishers

  • Gounod

    ‘Je veux vivre’ from Roméo et Juliette

  • Delibes

    Cortège de Bacchus from Sylvia


  • Adam

    Overture to Si j’étais Roi

  • Charpentier

    ‘Depuis le jour’ from Louise

  • Delibes

    Les filles de Cadix

  • Verdi

    Overture to I vespri siciliani

  • Verdi

    Prelude to Act 3 of La traviata

  • Verdi

    ‘È strano!… Sempre libera’ from La traviata

A concert of opera’s most glorious, heart-stopping arias finds Boyle’s ‘gripping sense of drama and thrilling soprano radiance’ (What’s On Stage) to the fore in one sparkling jewel after another by timeless titans of opera including Verdi, Donizetti, Charpentier and Bizet.

Love in all its compelling passion is here: Donizetti’s ‘O luce di quest’anima’ (Linda di Chamounix) a song of young love lit up by shining coloratura ecstasy, Gounod’s waltz-like ‘Je veux vivre’ (Roméo et Juliette) an exultant declaration of romantic conviction, Bizet’s yearning ‘Comme autrefois’ (The Pearl Fishers) a forlorn recollection of love lost.

From the beginning of the 20th century, Charpentier’s Louise imbued the new verismo fashion for gritty reality with soaring melodies and searing emotions. Its standout aria, ‘Depuis le jour’, finds love blossoming as dawn breaks over the city of love itself, Paris.

Kissed with Spanish sun, Delibes’ Les filles de Cadix is an exquisite exercise in flirtation, Verdi’s ‘È strano!… Sempre libera’ (La traviata) a dazzling soprano showpiece aching with emotion.

Overtures by Donizetti, Auber, Adam and Verdi find the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra taking centerstage for some of opera’s greatest orchestral moments.