You may have heard that The Irish Theatre Company is to have its first new production in over three decades, starring Anne Boleyn as Queen Anne Bolyne, who died in 1325, in a show that will be a landmark in Irish opera.
The opera is the first in a long line of operas produced by The Irish, the country’s largest opera company, which has been a staple of the entertainment industry for more than a century.
The company’s artistic director, Paul Breen, is credited with creating a “dynamic” opera with a “modern sense of humour” and is expected to write the music for the production, which is set to open in June next year.
“It is the most ambitious project that we have ever undertaken, and the most challenging,” Mr Breen told The Irish Herald.
“We have never seen anything quite like it, not even the Royal Opera House.”
The opera was conceived by a team of theatre artists from the country and is to be written by a veteran of The Royal Opera Company, the Irish National Opera, the National Opera of Ireland and The Dublin International Opera.
The work, entitled Opus One, is being produced by the company in partnership with Dublin-based director Peter McDonagh, and is being financed by The National Opera.
Mr McDonag, whose father is the conductor of The Dublin Opera, has been the most successful director of the company’s Dublin production for the last two decades, producing several operas in the company.
He said he was delighted to see The Irish performing in a new production, a major step forward for the company, whose current production is the longest-running opera in the country.
“This is a big day for us and for the Irish people,” Mr McDonig said.
“It is a new era in opera.
The whole of Irish opera will be coming together for a new show.
The Irish are great theatre people, so we hope that the show will make a big difference in their lives.”
Opus One is expected at The Irish Opera for a series of shows that will culminate in a live performance of the new opera in July.
The new production will mark the second time The Irish has performed an opera from its repertoire, after the Queen Anne of England’s 1599 production of The Tempest in September 2016.
The opera has been staged in Dublin since 1963 and will feature two of the countrys most popular actors, James O’Brien and Daniel O’Connell.
The opera, written by the director, Peter Mcdonagh, will be directed by David Lacey, who is known for his work in The Irish National Orchestra.
Mr Lacey is best known for directing the BBC’s Sherlock and for his own work in the theatre, including the productions of The Irish Royal Opera, The Dublin Theatre Company, The Irish Institute of Arts, and Dublin International Theatre.
The Opera, founded in 1783, is a cultural institution that promotes the arts and provides cultural education in Ireland and abroad.
It has been involved in the production of music in Ireland since 1904.
It was established by the National Theatre of Ireland in 1923, and has since grown into a major international opera company.
Mr Breen said the opera will not only be the most significant opera of its type in the world, but will also be a major event for the entire country, with a lot of money and a huge stage and a whole lot of people coming to see it.
Opus 1 is to feature the debut of an all-new cast, including actress, singer, and dancer Anne Boilyn.
Anne Boleyna, who was a daughter of Queen Elizabeth I and a cousin of the late Queen Victoria, is said to have inspired the character of Queen Anne.
Ms Boleyne was born in 1610 and died in 1714, aged 23.
Her sister and son, the poet John Boleyns, was born to Anne and her brother, the actor John Bolyn.
John Boleynes, who later became a leading Irish writer and poet, was a member of the Dublin Theatre Corporation for many years.
“I’ve known Anne since I was a child and I’ve always been struck by her beauty and her talent,” said Mr Bleyn.
“I’m delighted to be part of the work and to share it with the world.
She will be remembered for her extraordinary life, her great courage, and her love for her country.”
Anne was the granddaughter of King Henry VIII of England, who became King Edward VII in 1483.
“This new opera will bring to the fore an important part of our history, an important period of Irish history and of Irish life, which I believe will be celebrated and explored for many generations,” said John Boilyns.