The success of Opera Briefs continues with an excellent review of Saints and Sinners in this month’s Opera magazine.

In the June 2014 issue of Opera magazine, Ian Fox describes Saints and Sinners as “an inventive and sparkling evening.”

“The designer Maree Kearns provided excellent costumes throughout, as well as a clever single set…”

“All three works were well staged by the young Irish director Conor Hanratty.”

“David Adams conducted a quintet from the Academy’s remarkable Baroque Orchestra and created an effective period ambience.”

“The seven singers contributed to this stately mood with solid performances, particularly Ciarán Kelly (Jepthe) and Sarah Shine (his daughter).”

“Andrew Synnott conducted an outstanding music group from the Academy… Another group of students put this amusing sketch across very well.”

“O’Connell’s score proved to be delightful, modern, but with a distinct and personal melodic voice. Synnott again conducted the fine quintet and the performances by the three singers ensured a hit. They were Richard Shaffrey, Seán Óg Boylan and Margaret Bridge: all excellent.”

Read the full review now in the RIAM Library.

Also receiving honourable mentions in this month’s Opera magazine: DMus student, Owen Gilhooly, and RIAM graduates Anna Devin, Rachel Kelly and Aoife O’Connell.

Owen Gilhooly and Anna Devin in Luke Bedford's Through his teeth (Photo by Tristram Kenton)
Owen Gilhooly and Anna Devin in Luke Bedford’s Through his teeth at the Royal Opera (Photo by Tristram Kenton)

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