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RIAM Opera presents Banished by Stephen McNeff

Caitriona McLaughlin, director 
Andrew Synnott, conductor

The Royal Irish Academy of Music is proud to present the Irish première of Stephen McNeff’s Banished, an adaptation of Steve Gooch’s play, Female Transport, to a libretto by Olivia Fuchs.

Putting young women firmly centre-stage, this brave new work tells the compelling story of women who were transported to Australia in the last years of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and their survival against all odds on a long, arduous and dangerous passage to the other side of the world. Kilmainham Gaol, now one of the largest unoccupied prisons in Europe, is the extraordinary site-specific setting for this captivating new work.

To find out more about this production and book tickets, follow the links below:

Preview performance (Sunday 13th January)

Opening night (Tuesday 15th January)

Other nights: (Wednesday 16th January, Friday 18th January, Saturday 19th January)


RIAM Opera

Each year when we audition young singers at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, we ask them about their ambitions for the future. Almost always their answer is “to sing in opera.”

Our annual opera production is the first step on that journey, introducing our student singers to the challenges and excitement of opera. Each year an opera is chosen to suit the voices and vocal development of our current students. Each year the students rise to the challenges we set them.

Our productions bring together musical expertise from within the Academy, students of stage design, and professional directors and designers from the world of opera. In recent years, we have benefited greatly from our collaborations with Design for Stage and Screen at IADT Dun Laoghaire and The Lir Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin. In striving for the highest standards of professionalism, we ensure that our singers are well-prepared for what lies ahead and we take great pride in the fact that many of our former students have gone on to forge successful careers in the competitive world of opera.

Kathleen Tynan, Head of Vocal Studies & Opera, Royal Irish Academy of Music



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