Monday September 21, 2020

Classical Notes: Can virtual Seraglio help music break out of its real-life abduction?

We rarely get the opportunity to watch classical music performances on television, so turning RTÉ2 into an arts channel – at least part of the time – could be a solution

9th August, 2020
Claudia Boyle, the soprano, who has the role of Konstanza in the Irish National Opera’s mini series Seraglio. Picture: Frances Marshall

Irish National Opera’s mini series Seraglio was a veritable kebab of enchanting things. Certainly, there was some inconvenience involved in that viewers had to tune in twice a week, via INO’s YouTube or Facebook channel, to see how the à la Turk storyline progressed over the month of July.

But it was well worth the effort as, overall, this proved to be entertainment with a new-age cutting edge that provided much...

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