DIT Students delight with a 'Night at the Opera'

'A Night at the Opera', presented by the soloists, Chorus and Symphony Orchestra of the Dublin Institute of Technology's Conservatory of Music and Drama, was met with rapturous applause from the capacity audience in the National Concert Hall last night (24 February, 2004).

Pictured: Third-Year Music student Celine Byrne and Part-Time Vocal Tuition student Carthaigh Quill, performing Act II of La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini

Rather than one opera, guests were treated to four as the DIT Conservatory presented snapshots from some of the world's favourite operas; Mozart's 'Marriage of Figaro, Verdi's 'La Traviata' and 'Rigoletto', and Puccini's 'La Boheme'. The evening's performance was conducted by Willy Halpin and Roy Holmes and directed by Vivian Coates.

Dr. Ellen Hazelkorn, Dean of DIT's Faculty of Applied Arts, said this year's programme was truly a music lover's delight. "The evening was a great opportunity for the Conservatory to showcase its range and depth of talent, and for the audience it was a chance to hear some of Ireland's exciting emerging performers" according to Dr. Hazelkorn.

Leading figures representing the worlds of business, politics, academia, media and the arts were among the 1,200 guests in attendance. Guest of Honour for the evening was Minister Mary Hanafin, T.D., Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach.

The internationally renowned Conservatory of Music and Drama at the Dublin Institute of Technology has a proud history stretching back more than 100 years. The Conservatory provides an environment in which gifted young artists can develop their potential to the highest professional level. Students are prepared at all levels - from preparatory to professional and from undergraduate to postgraduate. Quality of work and love of the performing arts are paramount and students participate in a variety of ensembles including the Opera Studio, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band and Chamber Choir, all of which give regular public concerts.

Pictured l to r: Minister Mary Hanafin, T.D., Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach, Senator Mary O'Rourke, DIT President, Professor Brian Norton and Dr. Ellen Hazelkorn, Dean of DIT's Faculty of Applied Arts.

The Conservatory of Music and Drama has produced more nationally and internationally renowned performers and composers than any other institution in the country. Alumni include Ann Murray, Suzanne Murphy, John O'Conor, Colman Pearce, Hugh Maguire, Ben Dwyer, the Celtic Tenors and many more.

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