Friday 02 August

RTÉ lyric live with Liz Nolan

RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Time 7:00pm
RTÉ lyric fm

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RTÉ Concert Orchestra celebrates Puccini 100
Liz Nolan brings us the passionate, romantic, dramatic, atmospheric  – Puccini’s music seems to speak directly to the listener like that of few other composers. In the 100 years since his death, it has featured in football stadiums, cartoons, ads and films, and people who have never stepped into an opera house could sing along to some of his beautiful soaring arias.
For this concert the RTÉ Concert Orchestra has invited two extraordinary singers Celine Byrne and Noah Stewart to mark the centenary with this evening of glorious music. Featuring ravishing arias like Nessun dorma, ‘O mio babbino caro’, ‘Un bel dì’, ‘Vissi d’arte’, ‘Recordita armonia’ and more. Celine and Noah will join forces for the finale of Act I of La bohème, possibly the best-loved 15 minutes in opera, with his ‘Che gelida manina’, her ‘Mi chiamano Mimì’ and the duet ‘O soave fanciulla’.
There will be orchestral favourites including the Intermezzo from Suor Angelicaas well as a salute to Puccini’s mentor Ponchielli with music from La gioconda.
A fitting centenary tribute to one of the greatest opera composers of them all.
Celine Byrne, soprano
Noah Stewart, tenor
RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Vitali Alekseenok, conductor