The best classical music and opera to see this week

Beethoven’s Fidelio and New Music Dublin both come to the National Concert Hall

Bang on a Can All-Stars. Photograph: Timothy Norris, courtesy Ford Theater

Bang on a Can All-Stars. Photograph: Timothy Norris, courtesy Ford Theater

 

SATURDAY 22 

Fidelio
National Concert Hall, Dublin
The honour of performing Beethoven’s uplifting opera Fidelio in this special commemorative year falls to Vivian J Coates’s Lyric Opera. Coates is both designer and director for the staging at the NCH. The cast of Sam Sakker (Florestan), Sinéad Campbell Wallace (Leonore), Mikhail Svetlov (Rocco), Gyula Nagy (Don Pizarro), Rachel Croash (Marzelline), Patrick Hyland (Jacquino) and Felix Kemp (Don Fernando) is joined by the Lyric Opera Chorus and Carlow Choral Society with the NCH’s training orchestra SinfoNua under English conductor Toby Purser. The performance, which starts at 7.30pm, is repeated on Sunday.

THURSDAY 27

New Music Dublin
National Concert Hall, Dublin
Dublin’s annual new music bash takes over the NCH for four days for what festival director John Harris calls “a myriad of creative musical endeavours, right across the spectrum of new music”. The big ticket (but low price – €10) events are accordionist Andreas Borregaard and the Ligeti Quartet with the RTÉ NSO under Ryan McAdams in works by Daniel Bjarnason, Siobhán Cleary, Jane O’Leary and Hugh Gudmundsson at 7.30pm on Thursday (followed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars at 9pm in works by Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Philip Glass and Steve Martland), and the RTÉ CO in Sunday’s closing concert under Ilan Volkov with the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the RTÉ CO in Gerald Barry’s Viola Concerto (soloist Lawrence Power) and Julia Wolfe’s Flower Power. The 25-odd events include installations, a Diatribe Stage series, Brian Irvine’s Totally Made Up Orchestra, the Irish premiere of Andreas Borregaard’s Solo-Act, Fergus Johnston’s Sinfonia, “a memorial wall in sound” that uses “material generated from all 1,023 cyphered names of the children who died between 1925 and 1960 in the Bon Secours Home, Tuam, and the Bethany Home, Dublin”. You have been warned.

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