June cover ideas.inddIan Fox writing in Opera magazine (June 2014) praises the design, staging, conducting and singing in RIAM Opera’s 2014 Opera Briefs, Saints and Sinners, and describes it 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.”

Margaret Bridge in Sensational!

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