Wide Open Opera presents a series of five short operas by Brian Irvine and John McIlduff in public spaces around Dublin on 4 and 5 July


The project, Things We Throw Away, is inspired by the lives of real people in Dublin and is commissioned as part of Dublin City Public Art Programme. Based on short moments that would normally go un-noticed, and by discarded items thrown away on the street, the operas aim to capture the life and poetry behind these almost inconsequential episodes.

Featuring Sylvia O’Brien (soprano), Doreen Curran (mezzo) Gerry Noonan (baritone) and Niamh Lawlor (puppeteer), with a specially recorded soundtrack performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by Fergus Sheil, each opera will be performed 4 times in locations throughout Dublin City.

Drive By Shooting
Coppinger Row, Dublin 2
12:00      General Post Office (GPO), O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
13:00      Mayor Sq, Docklands, Dublin 1 – at National College of Ireland

Wake Up Son
Madigan’s Bar, Connolly Station, Dublin 1
15:45      Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2 – outside Bar H.
17:00      Chatham Street, Dublin 2 – outside Nearys.

Suck It In
Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
19:00      Smithfield, Dublin 1 – outside Lighthouse Cinema.
20:00      Talbot St, Dublin 1 – at corner of James Joyce St.

Saturday 5th July

Ironing Board Blues
Newmarket Square, The Liberties, Dublin 8 – at Green Door Market.
12:15      Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 – at West Essex St.
13:30      Mary Street, Dublin 1 – near Wolfe Tone Sq.

I Just Sell My Bananas
Mountjoy Sq, Dublin 1 – Gardiner St side.
15:30      West Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 – near Parliament St.
16:30      Clarendon St., Dublin 2 – at Coppinger Row.

Complete Cycle of all 5 operas
Dame Court, Dublin 2
                  1. Suck It In
                  2. Wake Up Son
                  3. I Just Sell My Bananas
                  4. Ironing Board Blues
                  5. Drive By Shooting

Further information: www.wideopenopera.ie/event/things-throw-away/

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