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Glorious production of Marriage of Figaro at DIT

Posted: 18 February, 2016

There was a full house for the opening night of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama glorious production of Mozart?s ?Marriage of Figaro?, and there was sustained applause and cheers for the vocalists and symphony orchestra at the end of the performance.

The production is directed by Jennifer Hamilton; Ian Sommerville is the scenographer and designer of the very evocative set; while the beautiful costumes are designed by Jo Robinson.    The DIT Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Killian Farrell.

The production is set in the early 1900s, described by Director Jennifer Hamilton as an era “where social and gender divides are still clearly designated, and consequently women and servants are compelled to live on their wits.  Inspired by recent period drama in cinema and television, we hope to convey the chemical reaction which results when a group of highly charged characters are placed in an environment dominated by strictures and protocols.”

Dr. Orla McDonagh, Head of the Conservatory of Music and Drama, paid tribute to the cast of young performers – “Ireland’s rising opera talent” – who have been preparing the production under the direction of Jennifer Hamilton and conductor Killian Farrell.  She said “This extraordinary comic opera has endeared itself to generation after generation over the last 230 years, due no doubt to the combination of an incredible libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte – based on a scandalous play about 18th century society – and the compositional genius of Mozart at his best.”

Marriage of Figaro continues in the Gleeson Theatre, DIT Kevin Street, on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th February at 7pm, and on Saturday 20th at 1.30 pm.  Tickets from €10 - €25 at www.eventbrite.ie