DIT students present a Magical 'Night at the Opera'

Dublin, Wednesday, 22nd February, 2006: '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 an opera lover's delight for all who attended last night's performance at the National Concert Hall.

    Martha Bredin pictured during rehearsals for a Night at the Opera.   

Guests were treated to spectacular scenes from some of the world's best-loved operas including Mozart's 'The Magic Flute', Gounod's 'Faust', and Mascagni's 'Cavalleria Rousticana'. The evening's performance was conducted by Mark Shanahan and directed by the renowned Vivian Coates.

Dr. Ellen Hazelkorn, Dean of DIT's Faculty of Applied Arts, said "A Night at the Opera is now in its fourth successive year at the National Concert Hall. It's a great showcase for our students and a wonderful opportunity for the audience to hear some of Ireland's exciting emerging performers".

Guest of honour for the evening was Ms Cecilia Keaveney, T.D. and Chairperson of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Sport, Tourism, Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Other music lovers in the audience included IDA Chief Executive, Mr. Seán Dorgan; Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science, Ms Bridget McManus; and Deputy Joan Burton of the Labour Party; as well as members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of industry, academia and public service.

The soloists, chorus and symphony orchestra were all fulltime or part-time students in DIT's Conservatory of Music and Drama. For some, music will be their future career. Two of the soloists in last night's performance have taken a break from their previous careers to pursue their vocal studies in DIT - Giuseppe Deligia, from Italy, was formerly a chef while Cathal Quill was a full time primary school teacher.

The Conservatory of Music and Drama at DIT has a longstanding history stretching over 100 years. Providing an environment in which gifted students can develop their potential to the highest standard, the Conservatory offers the chance to study at all levels, part-time to undergraduate to postgraduate level. 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.

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 the Celtic Tenors, Anne Murray, Suzanne Murphy, John O' Conor, Colman Pearce, Hugh Maguire and Ben Dwyer.

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