The magic of Christmas
with Claudia Boyle & NSO

Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd December,
2022

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National Symphony Orchestra
​​​​​​David Brophy conductor
Claudia Boyle soprano
Stephen Rea actor
Cór na nÓg (Mary Amond O’Brien, Choral Director)

Programme includes:

Arnold arr. Christopher Palmer The Holly and the Ivy
Donizetti ‘O luce di quest’anima’ (Linda di Chamonix)
Dvořák Song to the Moon (Rusalka)
John Williams Three Holiday Songs from Home Alone
Adam O Holy Night
​​​​​​Rimsky-Korsakov Polonaise from Christmas Eve
Bach/Gounod Ave Maria
Gruber arr. Brian Byrne Silent Night
Prokofiev Troika from Lieutenant Kijé
Philip Lane Another Night Before Christmas
Leontovych Carol of the Bells
Puccini ‘Mi chiamano Mimì’ (La bohème)
Bizet ‘Comme autrefois’ (The Pearl Fishers)

Celebrate the magic of Christmas in sumptuous, glamorous style with Claudia Boyle’s ‘stupendous coloratura sophistication and radiance’ (Neue Musikzeitung) as the internationally acclaimed soprano joins the National Symphony Orchestra, Cor na nÓg, Cór Linn, and conductor David Brophy for a holiday celebration for all the family.

Oscar- and Olivier awards-nominated, and BAFTA Award-winning actor Stephen Rea joins in the festive fun to read Carol Ann Duffy’s magical timeless tale Another Night Before Christmas accompanied by Philip Lane’s enchanting score.

And because it’s Christmas, there is something for everyone: the old, the new and the traditional blended together in a generously filled musical Christmas stocking packed with much-loved favourites from the concert hall, opera stage and cinema screen. 

Malcolm Arnold’s infectious fantasy on Christmas carols, The Holly and the Ivy, provides a warming seasonal curtain raiser. Then revel in the exhilarating orchestral brilliance of Rimsky-Korsakov and Prokofiev and relish the high operatic emotions of Donizetti ‘O luce di quest’anima’ (Linda di Chamonix), Dvořák’s ‘Song to the Moon’ (Rusalka), Bizet’s ‘Comme autrefois’ (The Pearl Fishers), and Puccini’s ‘Mi chiamano Mimì’ from the Christmas Eve-set La bohème.

Add in the sublime O Holy Night, the ringing choral jewel Carol of the Bells and luscious Hollywood emotion of John Williams’ music for festive film fixture Home Alone, and it’s a sleigh-ride of melody and colour guaranteed to make this year a Christmas to remember.

Note: This concert will first be performed in the National Opera House, Wexford on Wednesday 21 December with Cór Linn performing instead of Cór na nÓg. See www.nationaloperahouse.ie 

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