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Published on August 19th, 2011 | by Sinead Keogh


Free Events: Bastien & Bastienne @ Farmleigh

Described as the ‘perfect production for people who would like to sample risk free opera’, Mozart’s Bastien & Bastienne is coming to Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park on Saturday September 10th.

It’s a story any Irish person ought know – about two young farmers, madly in love until Bastien (the boy) goes to the big city and gets involved with another woman. When he returns Bastienne (the girl) wants nothing to do with him and so ensues the comic attempt to regain her affections.

Written when Mozart was just 12, the opera is just 45 minutes long – a taster to see if you’re into it – and is performed as Opera Theatre Company’s Autumn touring production for their 25th anniversary. As it’s free at Farmleigh, the OPW are managing tickets for the event and here’s the link to enter into the lottery:   http://www.farmleigh.ie/Events/Title,16393,en.html

If you miss out, other (paid) performances are available at:

03-Sep Norman Gallery, Monksgrange, Enniscorthy 3pm 01 6708326 €18/15

04-Sep The Mill Theatre, Dundrum 8pm 01-2969340 www.milltheatre.ie€18 /15 booking fee applies

09-Sep Anaverna House, Ravensdale Dundalk 8pm 042 938 0836€20 & 5 (student) Pre-Opera Supper available at 6:30pm for €20

11-Sep Borris House, Borris, Co. Carlow 3pm 059 917 2400 €18/ 15 opera only. Afternoon tea plus opera available at 2pm €28/25

And if you do go along and like what you see, their full production of The Magic Flute with chamber orchestra is coming in November. Stay tuned.

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Sinéad edits books for her real job. She has never met a punctuation mark she didn't like. She likes cheese (both kinds). She is a lip-biter and a knuckle cracker. She has made a list of 50 things to do before she dies - you're not on it. In particular, she looks after movies, comedy gigs and the Event of the Week series for Culch. You can email her if you want, she loves attention. sinead@culch.ie

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