Paper Boat Opera | The Music Diary



April 23 at 5 p.m.

Saint Nicholas Collegiate Church

Music for Galway and Galway 2020 presents

Paper Boat: an opera for Galway

in association with the National Opera of Ireland

“To the people of Galway, famous for your hospitality, your endurance of siege and starvation, I seek refuge.”

Take your place among the musical tribes of Galway for a spectacular celebration of 700 years of St Nicholas Collegiate Church and the people who bring it to life.

With a libretto written by Jessica Traynor and music by Elaine Agnew, community opera Paper Boat weaves together history, mythology and current events to tell a story of human endurance, inspired by the diverse communities that engage with the cultural and spiritual center that is St Nicolas’.

Join a cast of over 100 singers and musicians for the world premiere of this must-see Galway opera.

Duration of the show: approx. 70 minutes

Doors open 40 minutes before the performance.

Elaine Agnew, composer

Jessica Traynor, Booklet

Mark Duley, Artistic Advisor/Choir Director

Sinead Hayes, conductor


Gemma Ní Bhriain, Mother

Bríd Ní Ghruagáin, fFrench

Rory Dunne, young man

Brendan Collins, Lynch

Paper boat set

Athens School of Music String Ensemble

Coole Music and Arts Young String Ensemble

St. Patrick’s Day Brass Band


Choristers of the Schola Cantorum Saint-Nicolas

Coole Harmonies and Guests

St. Jarlath and Scoil Bhríde College, Tuam

Tickets: €10 – €25

Concert tickets also provide access to artist Philip Fogarty’s I Claim Sanctuary, a site-specific sound installation recently commissioned for St. Nicholas, inspired by Paper Boat


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