DEIRDRE AND THE SONS OF USNA – A CONCERT PERFORMANCE
Presented by The Everyman and John O' Brien
The Everyman and John O’Brien are proud to present Deirdre and the Sons of Usna – A Concert Performance at The Everyman on Tuesday 28 January. This new concert performance comes from the team that created the stage version of The Nightingale and the Rose in 2018, and its sold-out concert performance in 2016.
Deirdre and the Sons of Usna is a reworking of the tale of Deirdre, often called “Deirdre of the Sorrows”, a heroine in Irish mythology and probably its best-known figure today. The myth is both a love story and a tragic tale of a beautiful woman cursed even before she was born, her brave lover Naoise and of their youthful rebellion for love in the face of corrupted power and treachery. The opera will be set in Emain Macha, a place of myth and legend and the historic seat of the High Kings.
This ancient and noble love story is a timeless urgent warning about the dangers of tyranny.
An incredible cast has been gathered for this premiere performance. Kim Sheehan will star as Deirdre; Majella Cullagh as Leabharcham; Ronald Samm as the High King of Ulster Conor Mac Nessa and Joe Corbett as Fergus Mac Rogh. This celebrated cast will be joined by Simon Morgan, Julian Tovey, Viktor Priebe, Rory Dunne and Liv Gregorio, with Ciara Moroney on piano and Alex Petcu on percussion.
There are ambitions for a full production in 2021.
Music: John O’Brien
Libretto: Éadaoin O’Donoghue
Deirdre: Kim Sheehan
Leabharcham (her fostermother, healer, good witch): Majella Cullagh
Conor Mac Nessa (High King of Ulster): Ronald Samm
Fergus Mac Roth (Conor’s right hand): Joe Corbett
Cathad (Conor’s Druid): Julian Tovey
Naoise (son of Usna, the hero): Simon Morgan
Ainnle (son of Usna, the poet singer): Viktor Priebe
Árdán (son of Usna, the strong silent one): Rory Dunne
Girl (a local child who later becomes the Morrigan in Deirdre’s dream): Liv Gregorio
Piano: Ciara Moroney
Percussion: Alex Petcu
Chorus of warriors and locals.