A brand new opera by John O’Brien, inspired by Oscar Wilde’s timeless story, The Nightingale and the Rose.
The Nightingale and the Rose is a tale of unrequited love, radical transformation and extraordinary sacrifice. Exploring the relationship between love and art, we follow the story of the Nightingale whose only wish is to bring beauty and love into the world, even at the ultimate price.
An extraordinary chance to celebrate the richness and depth of musical talent in Cork. Expect a highly inventive new work featuring singers, musician-actors, dancers and actors brought to you by the critically and popularly acclaimed team whose previous productions include Faust, Der Vampyr, Orpheus and the award-winning Pagliacci.
COMPOSED AND DIRECTED BY JOHN O’BRIEN | LIBRETTO BY JOHN O’BRIEN & ÉADAOIN O’DONOGHUE
KIM SHEEHAN, MAJELLA CULLAGH, OWEN GILHOOLY
JACEK WISLOKI, JEAN PASCAL HEYNEMAND, JAMIE ROCK, JOE CORBETT, DAVID HOWES – singers / rose tree
CHRISTINE KENNY, CATRIONA SCOTT, ILSE DE ZIAH, IDE NI CHONAILL, CLARE LARKMAN, EMMA KING – musicians / muses
ANDREA HACKL, LUCIA KICKHAM, SARAH RYAN – dancers / muses
JAMES DE BURCA, ÚNA O’BRIEN – actors
MUSICAL DIRECTOR – ANNA TILBROOK
DESIGN – LISA ZAGONE
LIGHTING DESIGN SINÉAD MCKENNA
CHOREOGRAPHY – PHILIP CONNAUGHTON