Claudio Monteverdi: L’Orfeo – Saturday 23 March 2019 at 8pm
Tickets cost €27.50 each and may be booked online via Eventbrite
For our next concert we will be presenting a concert performance of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Freemason’s Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 on Saturday 23 March, starting at 8pm. Written in 1607 for a court performance during the annual Carnival at Mantua, L’Orfeo is the earliest surviving opera that is still regularly performed.
The performance will feature the following artists:
Matthew Long — Orfeo
Sharon Carty — Euridice
John Elwes — Apollo
Sylvia O’Brien — Soprano
Brendan Collins — Bass
Siobhán Armstrong — Harp
Paul Herriott – Narrator
with the Goethe Choir & Goethe Ensemble conducted by John Dexter.
Considered to be the first real opera ever written, it was an immediate hit with baroque audiences and spread quickly across Europe. The story of Orpheus and Eurydice is one of the world’s greatest love stories inspiring writers and composers across the centuries.
Written by Monteverdi in 1607 while mourning the loss of his wife, arias and choruses trace the intense emotions of the lovers. This unique concert features trumpets, the house organ of the Freemason’s Hall, a duo of recorders, a harp continuo and several renowned singers.
About our performers
Matthew Long (Orfeo) Matthew gained his first professional experience singing in Italy’s opera houses as a boy treble. He was sought after as a soloist during this time. As a tenor in his late teens he studied Music at The University of York and was a member of the Choir of York Minster. Since his early twenties Matthew has been a member of the acclaimed chamber choirs The Sixteen and Tenebrae and the solo voice ensemble I Fagiolini. In 2011 Matthew won a scholarship to study as a postgraduate at The Royal College of Music, London. During his year of study there he was also a Susan Chilcott Scholarship holder and a Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist. Matthew made his operatic debut as a tenor in 2008 singing a lead role, Michael, in the world premiere of Tod Machover’s opera, ‘Skellig’ at the Sage, Gateshead.
He has an International singing career, including Dijon Opera in 2011 in a production of Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’. In 2012 he sang the role of Jupiter in Handel’s ‘Semele’ for the Ahmadi Music Group in Kuwait. Recent highlights have included Bach, St. Matthew Passion for the Boston Handel and Haydn Society; Britten, War Requiem for Jonathan Willcocks in Salisbury Cathedral; Monteverdi, 1610 Vespers, at the Royal Albert Hall for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. In the UK, Matthew has sung as a soloist for a number of orchestras including The English Concert, The Hanover Band, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia at venues including the Wigmore Hall, The Albert Hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John’s Smith Square and in 2016 Matthew sang the lead role in Monteverdi’s Orfeo in Venice.
Sharon Carty (Euridice)
Comes to us direct from the Irish National Opera where she sang Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice to rave reviews.
Winner of the RAAP/RTÉ Lyric FM Classical Breakthrough Music Bursary, and an Artistic Partner of Irish National Opera, Irish mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music Dublin, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Vienna, and an alumna of the Opernstudio programme at Oper Frankfurt.
Her roles at Oper Frankfurt have included Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Tebaldo (Don Carlo), Aloes (L’Etoile), Flora (La Traviata), Annina (Der Rosenkavalier), and the title role in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, a role debut which was lauded as ‘quite simply sensational’ by critics.
John Elwes (Apollo)
The tenor John Elwes met Benjamin Britten as a young chorister at Westminster Cathedral who was so impressed he dedicated his Corpus Christi Carol to him. Elwes eventually became head chorister and enjoyed great success as a boy soprano including recording on the Decca record label.
He made his debut as a tenor in 1968 at the London Proms and later performed and recorded with several early music ensembles, including the Medieval Ensemble of London and the Consort of Musicke. He regularly sings in opera, where he specializes in Baroque and early Classical music.
Siobhan Armstrong (Harp)
Siobhán is one of a small number of harpists worldwide who play harps from earlier centuries. She has a large collection of copies of instruments from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the baroque.
Siobhán was born in Dublin, lives in Ireland and works as a freelance performer and teacher, mainly in Europe. With eclectic interests, she plays 17th century opera and chamber music with the main baroque opera directors in Europe; has performed as a soloist on Hollywood film soundtracks and gigs at the world’s biggest traditional music festivals.
Her great passion is encouraging the revival of the early Irish harp. To this end she founded and chairs The Historical Harp Society of Ireland and is the director of Scoil na gCláirseach—Festival of Early Irish Harp, which takes place each August in Ireland. Among her many historical harp copies, she plays a replica of the medieval Trinity College or Brian Boru harp — the national emblem of Ireland — strung in brass and 18-carat gold. Her solo recording on this instrument, Cláirseach na hÉireann: The Harp of Ireland, was released in 2004.
Siobhán’s chamber-music ensemble, The Irish Consort, released its debut recording Music, Ireland and the Sixteenth Century in February 2019. Alongside her solo work, Siobhán Armstrong performs and records with the leading early music soloists, ensembles, and directors, mainly in Europe but also in North America and Japan.
Paul Herriot (Narrator)
The well-known RTE Lyric presenter takes on the role of narrator.
The venue is the spectacular Grand Lodge Room in the Freemasons’ Hall in Dublin
Will Todd: Mass in Blue – Saturday 25 May 2019 at 8pm
The Goethe Choir will be giving a performance of Will Todd’s Mass in Blue at 8pm on Saturday 25 May in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. The concert will be in aid of Carmichael Ireland. The choir will be accompanied by the Will Todd Ensemble, featuring the composer himself on piano and his wife Bethany Halliday as soprano soloist.
This work was first sung by the choir in St. Ann’s Church, Dublin, on 2 June 2018 and was received with critical acclaim. This is another opportunity to hear a performance in Dublin of this dynamic, uplifting, and highly popular jazz setting of the Latin mass.
A recording of the 2018 performance can be heard below.