PAPER BOAT OPERA
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