Derry’s ‘Tosca’ listed among 2011 Musical Highlights

Singers Jesus Leon and Giselle Allen, who played the lead role in NI Opera's first production, Tosca. (60112JC15)

Singers Jesus Leon and Giselle Allen, who played the lead role in NI Opera's first production, Tosca. (60112JC15)

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Last year’s NI Opera production of Tosca, performed in various sites in Derry, has been listed as one of the Musical Highlights of 2011 by The Irish Times Arts Critic, Michael Dervan.

The unique event also has been listed on Culture NI, Review of the Year, by Fiona Meredith, who writes: “Northern Ireland Opera brought Puccini’s Tosca to Derry~Londonderry.

“The unusual performances involved the singers, orchestra and audience moving between three venues – St Columb’s Cathedral, the Guildhall and St Columb’s Hall. There was also taster sessions in the Richmond Centre, with shoppers lured along to the main event by tempting arias. What could be better than a burst of Italian opera while you’re buying beans and a loaf of bread?”

Tosca was NI Opera’s first full performance, held in stunning venues along the ancient walls of the historic city of Derry.

The first event for NI Opera this New Year will be on January 12 when NI Opera returns to Derry for their final performance of Hansel and Gretel at the Millennium Forum.

Performed first in the Grand Opera house in Belfast in November last, this classical fairy tale will delight audiences, young and old. Tickets are on sale now.