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“Like distant music these words that he had written years before were borne towards him from the past.”
Joyce’s seminal short story is given a new operatic treatment, for this work-in-progress performance. Tapping into the deep vein of musical references that runs through The Dead, composer Ellen Cranitch and writer Tom Swift have created a pared back musical telling of the story. Four singers accompanied by a string quartet perform this exploration of life, love, mortality and personal epiphany. The performance features a number of key scenes from the opera, and is part of the development of a full-length work. The Dead – An Opera is supported by the Arts Council’s Opera Project Award.

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