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The Oldest Woman in Limerick

A documentary opera for chamber orchestra and singers. 

Commissioned by Limerick City of Culture /Wide Open Opera 2015.

Blending interviews, historical research and verbatim opera this unique work tells the story of our attempts to find the oldest woman in Limerick in Limerick and the people met along the way.

A moving portrait of a town and of the 20th Century.

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Reviews

“Search for the oldest woman in Limerick detailed in new opera”
by Alan Owens, 8 Dec 2014, Limerick Leader.

“The Oldest Woman in Limerick”
by Rose Rushe, 9 Dec 2014, Limerick Post.

Production History

12-13 Dec 2014
Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick

Credits

Music: Brian Irvine

Words & Direction: John McIlduff

Conductor: Killian Farrell

Designer: Ciarán O Melia

Soprano: Sylvia O’Brien
Mezzo Soprano: Sharon Carty
Soprano: Sarah Shine
Soprano: Emma Nash
Soprano: Rachel Croash
Actor: Amber Hennessy

Featuring specially assembled chorus of Limerick Singers.

Chorus Director: Maire Keary Scanlon

A Dumbworld/Wide Open Opera Production.
Part of Limerick City of Culture 2014 programme developed in association with Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick.