113% Funded


Target: €5000


€5,660 Raised


75 Funders

Ormindo By RIAM Opera

By Audrey Phelan


The RIAM’s 2015 opera season opens with its most daring project to date – the first Irish production of Francesco Cavalli’s "Ormindo". First performed in Venice in 1644, Ormindo dates from the time when opera went "public", moving from the formality of private courts to raucous theatres that were open to all. Ormindo still enjoys popular appeal with its glorious music and a large cast of diverse and entertaining characters.

The Royal Irish Academy of Music’s bold new production, directed by Ben Barnes and conducted by David Adams, is inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood and set in a film studio, with cast and crew preparing to shoot the film Ormindo. A team of over 60 Third Level students, drawn from the RIAM’s Vocal Faculty and Baroque Ensemble are working collaboratively with film makers, set, costume and make-up design students from IADT Dún Laoghaire’s innovative Design for Stage and Screen course in the creation of this glamorous production.

Ormindo includes all the essential components the greatest operas offer; love, the supernatural, disguise, intrigue, deception, adultery, poison, remorse and… more love. It will be staged in the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin on the following dates: 11th January 2015 (preview), 13th, 14th, 16th at 19.30 and on 17th January at 17.00.

The Royal Irish Academy of Music’s opera productions have grown from strength to strength in recent years, garnering such critical acclaim as a “mind-blowing production” (The Irish Times) and “characterizations were beautifully apt, and, as with the whole evening, the effect was impressive” (Opera Magazine). These previous production have starred such distinguished alumni as Tara Erraught, Celine Byrne, Claudia Boyle, Rachel Kelly, Anna Devin, Sharon Carty, Gavan Ring and Dean Power, all of whom are enjoying stellar careers on the international stage. By contributing to our Fund it campaign, you will help us to continue to nurture and develop our ambitious production standards for the next generation of Irish opera singers and production designers.

Conductor David Adams
Director Ben Barnes
Lighting Design Kevin McFadden
Set, Costume and Make-Up Design Students from Design for Stage and Screen at IADT, Dún Laoghaire
Movement Director: Libby Seward

Presented in collaboration with Design for Stage and Screen at IADT, Dún Laoghaire

ORMINDO – Andrew Gavin
AMIDA – Seán Boylan
NERILLO – Eoin Conway
SICLE – Sarah Brady
MELIDE – Robyn Richardson
ERICE – Richard Bridge
ERISBE – Margaret Bridge
MIRINDA – Heather Fogarty
HARIADENO – Shokri Raoof
OSMANO – Peter Manning
MESSO – Callan Coughlan
L’HARMONIA – Rebecca Rodgers
IL DESTINO – Eimear McCarthy Luddy
AMORE – Lorna Breen
LA FORTUNA – Carolyn Holt
I VENTI – Callan Coughlan, Rory Lynch and Peter Manning

Violin – Matthew Wylie, Christopher Quaid, Mercedes Trinchero, Richard Thomas and Anna Livia Kimura
Viola – Phillip Keegan and Josh Warren
Cello – Caitríona Finnegan
Recorder – Fionnuala McMahon and Jessica Sinclair
Harp – Ruth O’Hara
Baroque Organ – Adam Collins
Harpsichord – David Adams