National Symphony Orchestra

Concert for Ukraine: Opera Gala with Celine Byrne

Friday 10th June, 2022

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National Symphony Orchestra
Celine Byrne soprano
Proinnsías Ó Duinn conductor

Dvořák Carnival Overture
Dvořák ‘Song to the Moon’ (Rusalka)
Puccini ‘O mio babbino caro’ (Gianni Schicchi)
Puccini ‘Tu che di gel sei cinta’ (Turandot)
Leoncavallo Intermezzo from Pagliacci
Leoncavallo ‘Qual fiamma avea nel guardo!... Hui! Stridono lassù’ (Pagliacci)
Gounod Ballet Music from Faust – Mirror Dance & Dance of the Phryne
Gounod ‘Ah! je ris de me voir’ (Jewel Song) from Faust
Ponchielli Dance of the Hours (La Gioconda)
Ponchielli ‘Suicidio!’ (La Gioconda)
Puccini ‘In quelle trine morbide’ (Manon Lescaut)
Puccini Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut
Cilea ‘Io son l’umile ancella’ (Adriana Lecouvreur)
Verdi Triumphal March and Ballet from Aida
Lehár ‘Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss’ (Giuditta)

As we watch the tragic events unfold in Ukraine, we are appalled by the human suffering being endured by those affected by this conflict. To support the humanitarian effort underway, all ticket sales from this concert will be donated to the Ireland for Ukraine Fund in collaboration with the Community Foundation for Ireland.

Fresh from her success as Micaëla in Irish National Opera’s Carmen, Celine Byrne’s star shines just as brightly on the concert platform. Expect an evening of thrilling emotional highs and lows as we run the gamut from pain to pleasure and despair to ecstasy with some of opera’s most ravishing arias.

Celebrating 60 years almost to the day since his debut on the podium with the National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Proinnsías Ó Duinn brings a lifetime’s experience to a memorable gala evening including memorable orchestral moments from the operatic stage.

Vocal gems include Dvořák’s ethereally beautiful ‘Song to the Moon’, the glistening Jewel Song from Gounod’s Faust, Leoncavallo’s imploring ‘Qual fiamma avea nel guardo!’ (Pagliacci), and Puccini’s aching leave-taking of a father’s love, ‘O mio babbino caro’ (Gianni Schicchi), and haunting ‘In quelle trine morbide’ (Manon Lescaut).

There is drama aplenty in the harrowing ‘Suicidio!’ from Ponchielli’s La Gioconda and the ardent, touching sincerity of ‘Io son l’umile ancella’ from Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur.

And to finish, one of the glories of operetta, the stand-out aria from Lehár’s Giuditta, the sultry and seductive showpiece ‘Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss’ (‘My lips, they kiss so hot’).

Presented by National Symphony Orchestra 

The impact of the violence and destruction in Ukraine is being felt right across Europe.
Ireland for Ukraine is a collective effort by media organisations to raise funds and deliver them where they can have the biggest impact.

Funding is being allocated by The Community Foundation for Ireland (Charities Regulator Number: 20044886, Charity No: CHY 13967) to both meet needs on the ground and supporting refugees seeking shelter and safety in our communities.

By working together, we can do more. Donations can be made online at or by the Revolut app.IFU