Sep'19 - Sep'19
Archived
WPWorld premiere
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Sep'190607101213

Full Production Cast & Crew

Cast & Crew

Conductor
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Stage director
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Lighting designer
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Set designer
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Others

Valentine Greatrakes
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Florence Newton
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Donal O'Dare
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Mary Longdon
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The Mayor
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John Pyne
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Ned/The jailer
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About the work

Following the outstanding success of The Return of Ulysses at Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018, Opera Collective Ireland presented the World Première of Raymond Deane’s Vagabones. Based on Emma Donoghue’s stage adaptation of her 1996 radio play Trespasses, the opera with a libretto by Renate Debrun is a fictionalisation of the judge’s own account of the case of Florence Newton in Youghal – one of only a handful of witch trials that ever took place in Ireland. Set in the small Co. Cork town over three days in 1661, the opera works as a moving tale of conflicted human emotions and stratagems, while deftly touching on issues of gender, fundamentalism, imperialism and the clash of cultures. An Opera Collective Ireland commission with funds from the Arts Council of Ireland.
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