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From Broadway to Butterfly – An Grianán Theatre

A sensational gala show of musical and operatic show-stoppers comes to the An Grianán Theatre on the 14th and 15th November with North West Opera’s exciting Gala concert “From Broadway to Butterfly”.

Professional guest singers and accompanying orchestra, perform the greatest hits from the top musicals & operas: Les Miserables, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof to La Traviata, Madam Butterfly, Turandot, Tosca and even Orff’s Carmina Burrana .
The concert brings to life some of the most famous scenes, spanning the highly dramatic to the downright hilarious for an evening of pure entertainment.

Headline soloists include Donegal Tenor John Porter – now based in London, John is a frequent performer with NI Opera and the Royal Academy Opera Recent appearances include principal roles in Rigoletto, The Marriage of Figaro, Pearl Fishers and West Side Story.

Donegal-based American Soprano Ariel Estébez has performed internationally since 2003 as a principal in a diverse number of productions from the drama of Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme and Handel’s Messiah to Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operas.
Finally Belfast-born Baritone Malachy Frame was recently named as the Garsington Opera Alvarez Young Artist in 2018 as well as the Voice of Northern Ireland in 2016. He appears regularly as a principal with NI Opera, Wexford Opera Festival plus as a concert recital soloist.

The soloists will be accompanied by the North West Opera chorus and orchestra under the baton of conductor Piotr Oleksiak. Polish born Piotr is equally at home leading both symphony orchestras and huge musical shows, earlier this year completing an Andrew Lloyd Webber gala tour of Europe. Providing an entertaining and informative background for each of the works will be the inimitable MC duo of Billy Patterson and Donal Kavanagh.

Ann Jennings, Soprano and NWO Artistic Director is thrilled about the show commenting,

“All involved are so excited to be able to perform such a plethora of fantastic and varied works – it’s a real treat for the senses. These songs and choruses are some of the best ever written – I challenge anyone not to enjoy them. The guest professionals are absolutely top class and are coming to Donegal especially to work with us. It’s a great chance to see such talent locally as they are usually working all over the world. The likes of Donegal tenor John Porter are delighted to have an opportunity to perform to a home audience”

Gala concerts are usually very popular so early booking is advised as the show will be performed for two nights only. To book your tickets phone the An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny box office on 074 912 0777 or online at

Get the inside track by following show preparations on Facebook North West Opera Ireland.

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