In the week that the musical world celebrates the centenary of the first performance of one of the 20th century’s landmark works-Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring-students from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and The Lir Academy pay their own tribute to the composer with an opera double bill featuring his colourful burlesque Renard and hilarious parody Mavra.
The production on May 27th, 28th and 29th, is the third instalment of the Opera Briefs series which has seen both
institutions collaborate in the presentation of opera this season.
Contemporary Russia provides the backdrop for both of these witty Stravinsky shorts which explore the ingenuity of young love against the odds (Mavra) and the moral lessons to be learnt from a farmyard fable (Renard).
This final mafia-style production of Opera Briefs is directed by the talented young director Tom Creed. Pictured are (LtoR) Brian Gilligan, Rachel Croash, Maria Kelly and Rebecca Rodgers members of both casts in the extremely colourful costumes created by the award-winning designer Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh who has taken inspiration from the now notorious feminist performance art group Pussy Riot, members of which were jailed for two years on charges of ‘hooliganism’ in Russia last year.