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ICO Gets a Handle on its Next Collaboration with Northern Ireland Opera

ICO Gets a Handle on its Next Collaboration with Northern Ireland Opera. Pictured: Doreen Curran

The Irish Chamber Orchestra joins forces with Northern Ireland Opera to present the Irish première Handel’s Radamisto in Limerick, Cork, Dublin and Belfast (6-14 May)

Radamisto tracks the futility of power; it’s a story about political prisoners, asylum seekers, broken-hearted wives and grieving lovers. This majestic production explores themes of lust, vanity, and unrequited love, set alongside some of Handel’s most inspired and memorable music.

For the first time, David Brophy conducts the Irish Chamber Orchestra, fresh from its successful European tour, a prestigious residency at the Heidelberg Frühling Festival and an acclaimed debut at the celebrated Konzerthaus in Vienna.





One of Handel’s finest operas, Radamisto features some of Ireland’s foremost singers. Doreen Curran, star of Northern Ireland Opera’s Hansel and Gretel, Noye’s Fludde and The Flying Dutchman, sings the title role, alongside Aoife Miskelly, who recently appeared in Opera North’s The Snow Maiden and Northern Ireland Opera’s critically-acclaimed production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. They are joined by soprano Sinéad Campbell-Wallace and mezzo-soprano Kate Allen, both making their Northern Ireland Opera debuts.

Radamisto is directed by the acclaimed Irish theatre director Wayne Jordan (The Shadow of a Gunman, Lyric Theatre Belfast 2015), a former associate director at the Abbey Theatre and Project Arts Centre, who makes his opera debut.

Radamisto visits the Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick (6 May) and tours nationwide to the Everyman Theatre, Cork (9 May), the O’Reilly Theatre Dublin (11+12 May), finishing at the Grand Opera House, Belfast (14th May).

The Irish Chamber Orchestra is one of Europe’s finest orchestras and is resident at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.  It is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.  Radamisto has been generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. Northern Ireland Opera is generously supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.

For more information on Radamisto click here

To read more about performances in Limerick click here

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