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Irish National Opera presents Trade/Mary Motorhead


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€30/€27 Conc. + €1 Booking fee
Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes with one interval
Sung in English
Contains themes of an adult nature

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Irish National Opera presents Trade/Mary Motorhead
Emma O’Halloran & Mark O’Halloran  A co-production with Beth Morrison Projects

Two searing one-act operas.
Irish composer Emma O’Halloran has turned two of her uncle Mark O’Halloran’s plays into searing operas.

Mary Motorhead has been locked in a prison cell after stabbing her husband in the head with a 12-inch carving knife. While he lies in intensive care, Mary reflects on the events that have brought this turbulent rural marriage to such a crisis.

In a guesthouse in Dublin’s north inner city, a vulnerable and confused young rent boy sits with a middle-aged client. The older man has blood on his shirt. A lot has happened since the two last met.

Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes with one interval
Sung in English  Contains themes of an adult nature

Rarely, if ever, does every element — score, text, singers, instrumentalists, conductor, director, sets, costumes, lighting, sound design — all come together. This is that rarity.”  LA Times

Mary Motorhead
Naomi Louisa O’Connell              Mary Motorhead

Oisin O’Dalaigh                           Younger Man
John Molloy                               Older Man

Elaine Kelly   Conductor
Tom Creed    Director
Jim Findlay   Set Designer
Christopher Kuhl   Lighting Designer
Montana Levi Blanco   Costume Designer

Assistant Director                       John King
Répétiteur                                 Aoife Moran
Irish National Opera Orchestra

“It’s 21st-century verismo, using psychological revelations instead of physical violence as dramatic catalysts.” — The Wall Street Journal on Trade

“O’Halloran shapes lucid, communicative vocal lines; the text always sings out.” — The New York Times

“a monodrama featuring the vivid, charismatic Naomi Louisa O’Connell” — The New York Times on Mary Motorhead

“the character is written for the adventurous actress, Naomi Louisa O’Connell, who lends a fierce, three-dimensional portrayal of Mary Motorhead. This woman who resembles Carmen in her wild abandon and unapologetic existence, subverts historical representation of women characters in opera.” — The Theatre Times

“What an extraordinary talent is Naomi Louisa O’Connell, who plays the titular Mary Motorhead.” — Schmopera

“Directed by Tom Creed, both operas offer virtuosic showcases for daring singing actors.” — The New York Times

“Under the deft direction of Tom Creed and pristine music direction of Elaine Kelly, both operas receive a first-class mounting” — TheaterMania

“John Molloy combines his comic intelligence with a sure instinct for the absurd in his collection of dark-voiced villains.” GoldenPlec

“Emma O’Halloran’s score, full of string tremolos and fluttering woodwinds, captures the sublime precoital tension that can exist between two men. Alex Dowling’s electronic sound design enhances the score, simulating that moment when the alcohol hits your blood stream.” — TheaterMania

About INO:
INO is Ireland’s national opera company, and produces high-quality, accessible opera in venues throughout Ireland and overseas.
Opera has the power to move and inspire and INO’s mission is to give everyone in Ireland the opportunity to experience this.

INO are dedicated to an unprecedented commitment to showcasing internationally-acclaimed, world-class Irish opera singers alongside guest artists from all over the world. They are also committed to maximising public engagement with opera, brokering and sustaining key institutional partnerships and ensuring strong leadership and a sustainable governance structure.

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