News & Events from RIAM March 2024

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Mar 4, 2024, 10:57:16 AMMar 4
RIAM Opera opens tonight, Irish Building Awards Nominations and more



We are absolutely thrilled to announce that RIAM has been shortlisted for Building Project of the Year at the Irish Building & Design Awards 2024 for our recently transformed Royal Irish Academy of Music campus!!


Part of the final selection of the overall winner is a public vote. Please vote for RIAM at the link below; it is thanks to you that we have been nominated for such a prestigious award, and we would be delighted to claim the title!



Congratulations to all the prize winners and commended participants in PIANOFEST 2024 held recently at RIAM, to Cellist Andrés Vaccaro on winning the Maura Dowdall Competition 2024, to Iona Wu who was announced as the winner of the John Pollard Award for an outstanding violinist and Anna Varga, announced as the winner of the Stephen Vernon Award for an outstanding cellist or double bass player at the recent John Pollard Award for Strings 2024 competition.


Cendrillon & Postcard from Morocco

Mon 4 - Sat 9 March, 2.00 pm & 7.00 pm  |  Project Arts Centre

Pauline Viardot created her version of Cinderella, a comic opera in three tableaux for seven solo singers, chorus and piano, to her own libretto, and premiered it in April 1904 in her Paris salon when she was 84 years old.

Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, a surrealistic chamber opera with a libretto by John Donahue, premiered in 1971 in Minneapolis and was a huge success. In one-act and with no linear plot, the opera asks us to ponder and embrace the absurdity of life.

Cendrillon & Postcard from Morocco are presented on alternative evenings. Double bill performance on Saturday 9th March.



Postcard from Morocco Production Photos


Spring Lunchtime Series 3

Fri 8 March, 13.05 pm  |  Whyte Recital Hall at RIAM

The finale to our three-concert series firmly placing musicians from RIAM in the musical spotlight celebrates International Women's Day 2024 with a programme of all-female composers. 
Elizabéth Jacquet De la Guerre: A Minor Suite for Harpischord
Unmeasured Prelude and Sarabande
Laoise McMullin, harpsichord
Pauline Viardot: Canción de la Infanta
Amélie O'Kelly, soprano and Doireann O'Carroll, piano
Lili Boulanger: Nocturne
Jacob Abela, violin
Dearbhla Brosnan, piano
Clara Schumann: Die Lorelei Maria Grever: Júrame
Laura Konrad, soprano
David Adams, piano

Karen Tanaka: Techno Etudes Nos 1 and 2 
Brian Deitlmeier, piano
Amy Beach: Three Shakespeare Songs, Op 37 
Anastasia Sereda, soprano and David Adams, piano

Irish Chamber Orchestra - The Goldberg Variations

Sat 9 March, 7.30 pm  |  Whyte Recital Hall at RIAM

Henning Kraggerud Director/Violin

J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations (Arr. Kraggerud/Lund) 

Whether you’re a newcomer to Bach, or a die-hard fan, this is the perfect place to experience the endlessly fascinating, inventive little masterpieces that form the Goldberg Variations. Before the interval, Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud will talk us through his acclaimed arrangement for strings, before performing the stirring, beautiful, dance-like whole alongside the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Be amazed as he tackles the brilliance of Bach.  Hear the Goldberg Variations arranged for strings like never before, as Henning puts his own stamp on this iconic work. A lesson in wonder, tragedy turns to comedy, and energetic and joyful scales celebrate the basics of music.  We know Henning’s brilliant and refreshing view will spread the magic of these brilliant works into another unexpected place. 


Recital Di Arie D’Opera – with Wexford Festival Opera

Thurs 14 March, 6.30 pm  |  Whyte Recital Hall at RIAM

The Italian Institute of Culture, in collaboration with Wexford Festival Operais pleased to present the first in a series of three new prestigious concerts to be held between March and May 2024, featuring artists from the renowned Irish Opera Festival.

Headlining the inaugural performance is RIAM alum Hannah O’Brien, a soprano of remarkable prowess, and the  charismatic tenorVíctor Jiménez Moral. They will be accompanied by the exceptional pianistAoife Moran, as they delve into a captivating repertoire of Italian Opera Arias.
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