Wednesday 01 January 2020

New Year Gala

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Time 3:30pm
National Concert Hall Dublin

Tickets: €24.50 more info

  • Rumon Gamba
  • Atalla Ayan
  • Máire Flavin
  • Presented by Liz Nolan
    RTÉ lyric fm
  • Bizet

    Carmen Suite No. 1: Prélude; Aragonaise; Intermezzo; Les Toréadors

  • Bizet

    ‘Parle-moi de ma mère’ from Carmen

  • Bizet

    ‘La fleur que tu m’avais jetée’ from Carmen

  • Bizet

    ‘Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante’ from Carmen

  • Puccini

    ‘La tregenda’ from Le villi

  • Puccini

    ‘La tregenda’ from Le villi

  • Puccini

    ‘Che gelida manina ‘from La bohème

  • Puccini

    ‘Si mi chiamano Mimì’ from La bohème

  • Puccini

    ‘O soave fanciulla’ from La bohème

  • Johann Strauss II

    The Gypsy Baron Overture

  • Flotow

    ‘M’apparì tutt’amor’ from Martha

  • Catalani

    Ne andrò lontana’ from La Wally

  • Johann Strauss II

    Lagoon Waltz

  • Lehár

    ‘Someone Will Come’ from Der Zarewitsch

  • Sieczyński

    Vienna City of Dreams

  • Johann Strauss II

    Hunting Polka

  • Verdi

    Brindisi from La traviata 

Welcome in the New Year in style with ravishing music and songs from the concert hall and operatic stage together with a be-jewelled splash of Viennese ballroom glamour.

Rumon Gamba, one of today’s most dazzling conductors, leads the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, tenor Atalla Ayan, “a find…with a qualitthat calls to mind the young Plácido Domingo” (New York Times) and ‘force of nature’ (Sunday Times) and Wexford Festival Opera 2019 star, soprano Máire Flavin.

Featuring music by Bizet, Puccini, Verdi, Catalani, Lehár and Johann Strauss II, favourite arias from Carmen, La bohème, La traviata and La Wally and a complimentary glass of bubbly at the appropriate juncture, this concert is one which will set 2020 off very nicely.

More about the music
A melody-filled programme of dazzling orchestral music and sparkling vocal gems from the worlds of opera and operetta includes the adventure and Spanish sun-kissed romance of Bizet’s Carmen and three melting arias from Puccini’s La bohème: the tender but titanic declaration of love that is ‘Che gelida manina’ (‘Your tiny hand is frozen), the heart-stopping ‘Si mi chiamano Mimì’ and ecstatic ‘O soave fanciulla’.

No New Year celebration would be complete without Johann Strauss II, whose The Gypsy Baron Overture is a vivid kaleidoscope of colour, the Lagoon Waltz lilting, liquid and sublime, On the Hunt an exhilarating, delightfully exhausting fast polka.

Made famous by Richard Tauber, Rudolf Sieczyński’s Vienna City of Dreams is a sweetly swaying love song to his native city, Franz Lehár’s ‘Someone Will Come’ from Der Zarewitsch a sparkling operetta gem.

Atalla Ayan singing ‘Che gelida manina ‘from La bohème

Atalla Ayan, with Angel Blue, singing ‘O soave fanciulla’ from La bohème

Máire Flavin singing Ebben… Ne andrò lontana’ from La Wally