Opera House gets spring in its step

Cork Opera House’s spring line-up of events kicks off on Sunday with a concert in honour of Luke Kelly.

Opera House gets spring in its step

“Celebrating Luke Kelly” is a 30th anniversary concert featuring Dubliner Chris Kavanagh which, the organisers say, will capture the depth and passion of the “King of Balladeers”.

Other musical highlights this month include a sold-out show from X-Factor winner James Arthur on Feb 4, Damien Dempsey on Feb 14 and the Three Tenors on Feb 22.

Later in the season, the line-up includes concerts from the Hothouse Flowers (Apr 24) and Tori Amos (May 5). Comedy fans have a number of shows to look forward to including Jason Byrne on Feb 6, Neil Delamere on Mar 8 and Mar 29 and Mario Rosenstock’s Gift Grub 3 from May 21-26.

Among the opera highlights this spring are Puccini’s La Boheme which will be performed on Mar 8 and Verdi’s Aida on Mar 27.

For the children, the internationally acclaimed picture book The Gruffalo will be brought to the stage from Feb 18-22. The classic fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk will be performed from Apr 15-19 while the more contemporary Peppa Pig’s Big Splash will run from May 7-8.

Ahead of the launch, Cork Opera House chief executive Mary Hickson said: “Cork Opera House is right at the centre of culture in Cork, and with each season we continue to strive to bring you the very best range of events across every genre in the arts. We are lifting the programme up once again, offering something for everyone, which is at the core of our ethos.”

* Dates, details and tickets are available at www.corkoperahouse.ie or by calling 021 4270022

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