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Performer: Irish National Opera

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A humorous and entertaining Hansel and Gretel in Dublin

Raymond Keane (Night Watchman), Raphaela Mangan, Miriam Murphy, Ben McAteer, Amy Ní Fhearraigh © Patrick Redmond
A humorous and clever take on Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel in the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Good singing and acting in directors, Ahern and Lovett's interesting production. 
***11
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An entertaining Cenerentola from Irish National Opera

Andrew Owens (Prince Ramiro) and Tara Erraught (Cinderella) © Patrick Redmond
Excellent soloists, inventive sets and fine direction from Sheil and Phelan makes for an entertaining Cenerentola at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre Dublin. 
***11
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An enjoyable Magic Flute from Irish National Opera

Anna Devin (Pamina) with Nicholas O'Neill, Sean Hughes and Oran Murphy (Three Boys) © Pat Redmond
A thoroughly satisfying, entertaining production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte from Irish National Opera. Anna Devin delivers a delightful Pamina and Nick Pritchard a convincing Tamino. 
****1
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Celine Byrne makes INO's Butterfly a memorable experience

Celine Byrne (Cio-Cio-San) © Patrick Redmond
Byrne is stunning in the title role while a strong cast of singers, orchestra, classic sets and dramatic acting make this a thoroughly enjoyable performance. 
*****
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An Aida that strips away the Egyptian iconography

Imelda Drumm (Amneris), Manfred Hemm (Ramfis), Graeme Danby (King) and Gwyn Hughes Jones (Radamès) © Pat Redmond
Michael Barker-Caven sets Aida in a 21st-century war zone in the Middle-East, allowing the audience to focus on the human drama.
*****
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