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Opera Workshop brings the world premiere of ‘The Ballybruff Trilogy’ to Belltable

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Opera enthusiasts and theatre lovers in Limerick will be treated to the Opera workshop world premiere of ‘The Ballybruff Trilogy’ this May

‘The Ballybruff Trilogy’ with Opera Workshop will delight theatre and opera lovers at its world premiere this May 29 at the Belltable

The Ballybruff Trilogy rehearsals are well underway ahead of the world premiere this May, pictured is Limerick baritone Owen Gilhooly Miles. Photo: Shane Vaughan

Opera enthusiasts and theatre lovers in Limerick will be treated to the world premiere of ‘The Ballybruff Trilogy’, a groundbreaking new work by composer Luke Byrne and libretto by Shirley Keane.

Presented by Opera Workshop, ‘The Ballybruff Trilogy’ promises to be a riotous exploration of life in 1970s rural Ireland.

Made up of three short operas, the show delves into tales of heartache, bitterness, and frustrations around the fictional parish of Ballybruff. Each opera stands as a self-contained story, yet they seamlessly link together, bringing tales of passion, revenge, and simmering hatred amidst the backdrop of strong, black tea.


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The cast of six talented singers will bring these characters to life as they are joined by a five-piece ensemble under the baton of composer Luke Byrne himself.

‘The Ballybruff Trilogy’ will come to the Belltable, O’Connell Street with performances on Wednesday, May 29, Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June1 with performances opening at 7:30pm.

'The Ballybruff Trilogy' with Opera Workshop will delight theatre and opera lovers at its world premiere this May 29 at the Belltable
PJ and Mrs O Riordan will take to the Belltable stage this May

Founded in 2017 by Shirley Keane, Opera Workshop commissions new works and re-imagines familiar opera, mounting productions in unexpected places and in unexpected ways.

The group’s unique ensemble approach to making opera inspires artists who want to work with us and excites audiences, many of whom experience opera for the first time. Opera workshop says they “are proud that our work stimulates new perceptions of opera: what it is and who it is for”.

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