Podcast 29: It’s the Supersize Relaunch Show With Donnacha Dennehy

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Recording At The National Opera Center

We’ve  relaunched the Indie Opera Podcast, with a new theme song composed by Ross Crean, (with vocals by Sarah Thompson Johansen)and with the help of Associate Producer, Chuck Sachs. Listen to our 29th episode on our website, iTunes, or other streaming service like Stitcher.

We’re joined by two amazing guests: Donnacha Dennehy, composer of The Hunger, which will be performed September 30 through October 1 at BAM; and Paul Fowler, composer of Behold The Man.



Donnacha Dennehy– composer

The Hunger, a docu-opera about the Potato Famine, mid 1800’s Ireland Great Famine of 1845-52, rooted in Asenath Nicholson’s harrowing first-person account in Annals of the Famine in Ireland

BAM Opera House on 9/30 & 10/1
production directed by Tom Creed
w/ Alarm Will Sound conducted by Alan Pierson

The Hunger imagines soprano Katherine Manley as Nicholson and Irish Folk singer, Iarla Ó Lionáird as the voice of the voiceless, with instrumentalists integrated into the staging. Old recordings of traditional sean-nós songs dovetail seamlessly with Dennehy’s score, while video clips of interviews with Noam Chomsky, Paul Krugman, Franco Milanovich and others underscore the political roots of this tragedy that brought a nation to its knees.

The Last Hotel produced at Prototype Festival 2016, by Donnacha Dennehy libretto and direction by Enda Walsh

Iarla O’Lionaird on many earlier vocal compositions, Gra agus Bas


Paul Fowler – composer

Behold the Man, opera with a libretto by Andrew Flack

produced in Campo de Borja, Spain in an outdoor concert at Santuario de Misericordia

Main characters in opera are Martinas, Arturo & Celia

Paul is a professor at Naropa University in Boulder, CO.

Overtone/throat singing

The n NYC 2011, a world premiere work created by Paul Haas, Paul Fowler and Bora Yoon.

The Festival begins with the world premiere of ARCO, performed by New York based contemporary ensemble SymphoNYC, vocal quartet New York Polyphony, and bass Charles Perry Sprawls. ARCO was commissioned by the Armory to respond to its storied history and dramatic space and is co-composed, or “sculpted,” by Sympho conductor Paul Haas, Paul Fowler and Bora Yoon. Performed in four sections, ARCO is a mix of old and new. Beginning with a performance of Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, the piece works its way through music by composers from Perotin and Monteverdi to Beethoven and Byrd, from both Western and Eastern Classical traditions.

Lloyd Arriola, pianist, conductor. Our great friend, you will be missed!


Co-hosts: Brooke Larimer, Noah Lethbridge, Walker Lewis, Peter Szep
Peter Szep, Producer; C. Colby Sachs,  Associate Producer
Edited by Ross Crean
Theme Song by Ross Crean; Sarah Thompson Johansen, Vocals
Benjamin Young and John Lynd Recording Engineers
Recorded at The National Opera Center

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