Francesco Cavalli’s opera L’Ormindo

January 11, 2015

RIAM Ormindo OperaThe RIAM presents the first Irish production of Francesco Cavalli’s Ormindo, a comic baroque extravaganza of sexual intrigue, deception and delight. Originally performed in Venice in 1644 the opera dates from the time when opera went “public”, moving from the formality of private courts to raucous theatres that were open to all.  Ormindo still retains a popular appeal with its glorious music and a large cast of diverse and entertaining characters.

This bold new production, directed by Ben Barnes and conducted by David Adams, is inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood and set in a film studio, with cast and crew preparing to shoot the film Ormindo. A team of over sixty Third Level students, drawn from the RIAM’s Vocal Faculty and Baroque Ensemble are working collaboratively with film makers, set, costume and make-up design students from IADT Dún Laoghaire’s innovative Design for Stage and Screen course in the creation of this glamorous production.

Ormindo includes all the essential components the greatest operas offer – love, the supernatural, disguise, intrigue, deception, adultery, poison, remorse and… more love.

Conductor: David Adams
Director: Ben Barnes
Lighting Design: Kevin McFadden

Set, Costume and Make-Up Design Students from Design for Stage and Screen at IADT, Dún Laoghaire

Movement Director: Libby Seward

Presented in collaboration with Design for Stage and Screen at IADT, Dún Laoghaire
RIAM Opera Baroque Orchestra

The preview will be staged in the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin this evening at 7.30 pm.

Tickets: Preview (11 January) Euro 15, Euro 12 concession

Booking: Advance bookings for all performances is via our online booking service.

Please print out your e-mail confirmation and present it at the Samuel Beckett Theatre Box Office from one hour before the performance time in order to collect your tickets.

If booking concession-priced tickets, please bring proof of status with you when collecting your tickets.

For Box Office enquiries, please contact Francis Thackaberry, General Manager.



ORMINDO – Andrew Gavin
AMIDA – Seán Boylan
NERILLO – Eoin Conway
SICLE – Sarah Brady
MELIDE – Robyn Richardson
ERICE – Richard Bridge
ERISBE – Margaret Bridge
MIRINDA – Heather Fogarty
HARIADENO – Shokri Raoof
OSMANO – Peter Manning
MESSO – Callan Coughlan
L’HARMONIA – Rebecca Rodgers
IL DESTINO – Eimear McCarthy Luddy
AMORE – Lorna Breen
LA FORTUNA – Carolyn Holt
I VENTI – Callan Coughlan, Rory Lynch and Peter Manning



Violin – Matthew Wylie, Christopher Quaid, Mercedes Trinchero, Richard Thomas and Anna Livia Kimura
Viola – Phillip Keegan and Josh Warren
Cello – Caitríona Finnegan
Recorder – Fionnuala McMahon and Jessica Sinclair
Harp – Ruth O’Hara
Baroque Organ – Adam Collins
Harpsichord – David Adams