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Three Exciting Shows for Cork Midsummer Festival 2013

In 2013, we will reinvigorate our partnership with city centre venues through an ambitious programme of events including music with one of the world’s finest vocal chamber groups, The Hilliard Ensemble, in Triskel Christchurch; absorbing theatre with the world premiere of award-winning playwright Carmel Winters’ Best Man at The Everyman, and renewing the commitment to create world class opera in Cork, with María de Buenos Aires, a Tango Opera by Astor Piazzola at Cork Opera House.

From our Festival Director, Tom Creed:
“Cork Midsummer Festival would not be possible without our invaluable partnerships with. Cork Opera House, The Everyman and Triskel Christchurch. They are three of Ireland’s leading arts venues, and working together, we can bring world class music, opera and theatre to Cork from around the world, and create innovative and exciting new productions for our growing audiences.”

MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES – A TANGO OPERA
21st-23rd June (previews 19th & 20th), Cork Opera House
Cork Opera House, through the generous support of the Arts Council of Ireland, is honoured to present the Irish Premiere of Piazzola’s Tango Opera Maria de Buenos Aires.  Maria de Buenos Aires tells the story of Maria, a mythical girl from the slums who falls into the rhythm of the city’s underworld. Seduced and corrupted, her demise is watched over by thieves and brothel keepers, before her shadow is reborn to wander the streets of Buenos Aires. In this powerful vision, the Cork Opera House stage is transformed into a waterfront bar brimming with tango dancers, escorts, waiters and entertainers all moving to the passionate beat of the tango.

BEST MAN
CARMEL WINTERS
21st-29th June, The Everyman
This bold new play from award-winning playwright Carmel Winters co-produced by Project Arts Centre deals with the near-taboo topics of sex, power and parentage within modern relationships. Set in the intoxicating height of the boom and, finally, the sober fall of the bust, Best Man prompts a public reckoning of our most private struggles as questions of power within the family are examined with scorching insight.  Best Man, starring leading Irish actress Derbhle Crotty, is sure to become one of the most publicly debated and triumphant plays of the year.

THE HILLIARD ENSEMBLE
29th June, Triskel Christchurch
Unrivalled for its formidable reputation in the fields of both early and new music, The Hilliard Ensemble is one of the world’s finest vocal chamber groups. Its distinctive style engages the listener as much in medieval and renaissance repertoire as in works specially written by living composers. Join us at one of Cork’s finest venues as they present some of their favourite pieces, old and new, sacred and secular, including music by Arvo Part, Guillaume de Machaut, Gavin Bryars and more.

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