Dublin City Council in partnership with the French Embassy in Ireland is pleased to present a season of French Opera in the Open.
Following on from the very popular Wood Quay Summer Sessions that have run at lunchtime each Thursday throughout the month of July at the Dublin City Council Civic Offices, it is now the turn of opera.
The much loved annual Opera in the Open event will be taking place from 1 – 2pm every Thursday during the month of August in the Wood Quay Amphitheatre, featuring a very special programme of French opera. Oh la la!
According to Ray Yeates, Arts Officer, Dublin City Council “Opera in the Open is one of Dublin’s most popular summertime events. Now in its sixteenth year this season marks a special collaboration with the French Embassy with a wonderful selection of French Opera performances. Come along to our Amphitheatre and enjoy sunny afternoons (hopefully) and beautiful music”.
Yet another fantastic selection of some classic French operas awaits you. The concerts get underway at 1pm on Thursday, 30th July with a special one-off performance of Orphée et Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck in Merrion Square Park, celebrating the relocation of the French Embassy’s Cultural Service to Merrion Square.
The remaining performances taking place in Wood Quay will feature Bizet’s Carmen, Ravel’s L’heure Espagnole, Pygmalion by Jean-Philippe Rameau, and one guaranteed to get the crowd dancing in the aisles, Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld, 1858). Each performance features excerpts from the Opera sung in French but narrated in English.
Take this opportunity to find out more about French Opera and relax on the grass in the leafy surrounds of some of Dublin’s hidden gems. The Amphitheatre is located just off Wood Quay and is easily accessible from Winetavern Street, adjacent to Christ Church Cathedral. Performances start at 1pm and admission is free.
Dublin City Council Civic Offices
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