|Grand Opera House|
Mid Winter is a time when I retreat to the sofa and wrestle for domination of the remote control. But this will pass and I enjoyed putting together this round up of cultural events to tempt culture vultures off the couch. My selection appeared in the print edition of the Irish Examiner on Friday 2nd January.
Arts Events Selection for month's ahead.
Here are some further suggestions.
Opera in Belfast .
I visited Belfast for the first time in decades back in the September and was impressed with the scale and elegance of the city centre and the many venues. With a journey time of less than 2 hours by bus to Dublin, it is closer than I imagined. I have a yen to see some opera in the Grand Opera House with it's splendid red brick Victorian facade.
In February, Northern Ireland Opera present Richard Strauss’ potent late Romantic setting of Oscar Wilde’s play based on the biblical femme fatale, Salomé.
Belfast-born Giselle Allen sings the title role of the bloodthirsty Princess . Nicholas Chalmers conducts the Ulster Orchestra in this new production directed by Oliver Mears. There is more opera at the venue when English touring company Opera North brings two rather more genteel productions , to this historic venue
Opera at the Grand Opera House www.goh.co.uk
Salomé Strauss 6-8 Feb
Marriage of Figaro Mozart Mar 19th and 21th
La Travaiata Verdi Mar 18 and 20th
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