There were many anxious eyes watching the weather that day in Dublin with thousands heading to Clontarf for a rematch between the Ireland and England cricket teams. While rain interrupted procedings in Castle Avenue, thankfully, there was no break in play in Wood Quay and the sun even made a cameo appearance during the second act.
A spontaneous standing ovation followed the final sextet. Among the many afficionados we met Jack Morrissey who was promoting his forthcoming Flanders and Swan revue, Anne and Aidan White who regularly travel form |Shannon for the series, Juliet |O Sullivan who had travelled from Cork and Bernadette Comerford of RTE .
The audience numbering about a thousand were of all ages and ranges and there were several large groups . There were more buggies and wheelchair bound patrons than in a typical opera going audience given the accessibility of the occasion from a cost and logistics point of view. I love open air events and with our summer being so brief, I hesitate before committing to an indoor experience resenting wasting any precious hours of sunshine before Winter sets in . This was great fun and the singing was of a very high standard. Much has been written about the sorry state of opera matters in Ireland and while I appreciate the concern about the abscence of a formal venue in the capital, I would not have swapped this fun afternoon for some of the evenings I have been fortunate to spend in some very fine houses. I am guessing it was just as much fun as Verona without all those Roman steps to climb. It was like - 'so cool man!'
|Jack Morrissey of 'Flanders and Swann'|