The Cork Opera House has announced some of the main acts for their 2020 season with the inaugural Cork Proms event from this year set to return.
The Opera House said they want to reinforce their reputation as a production house with a programme featuring work produced in Cork during the year.
The 2020 Cork Proms will feature the music of The Beatles, Broadway and Beethoven’s 3rd and 5th Symphonies; led by conductors David Brophy, Cathal Synott and John O’Brien and featuring local, national and international singers and instrumentalists.
At the end of July, the theatre will deliver its summer show Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Cork Opera House CEO, Eibhlín Gleeson said they were also bringing back Right Here Right Now to the Opera House in February. Presented by Cork Opera House and Coughlan’s Live, the festival is a celebration of the vibrant and eclectic music scene in Cork.
Mick Flannery and Valerie June will join the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra for the festival opening on Saturday, the 22nd of February followed by a Traditional and Folk Music themed evening on Sunday, the 23rd of February.
“Cork Opera House has established itself as the biggest producer of musical theatre in the country and to secure the rights to the beloved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a real privilege," Ms Gleeson said.
"This will be our most ambitious show yet, showcasing our unique ability to produce home-grown musical theatre.”
“Over the last four years, we’ve showcased 12 operas in concert format. This series is successful because of the passion the people of this region has for opera, teamed with an extraordinary group of talented artists presenting the work.”
The 2020 series commences with a concert performance of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (16th Feb), followed by Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore (31st May) before concluding with a concert performance of Verdi’s Il trovatore (1st Nov).
Each of the concerts in the 2020 series will once again feature the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra conducted by John O’Brien, a chorus from Cork Operatic Society, and internationally celebrated soloists.