HAZEL: MADE IN BELFAST to Make World Premiere at Carnegie Hall
Hazel: Made In Belfast-- an operatic musical narrative co-produced by New York artist Gregory de la Haba and Irish poet and pianist Terence Browne - will make its world premiere on October 16, 2016 at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.
Based on the untold story of Lady Hazel Lavery, a Chicago-born artist, social diplomat, and wife of the famous painter Sir John Lavery, the performance reveals the story of how this remarkable woman helped negotiate the Anglo-Irish talks involving Michael Collins, David Lloyd George and Winston Churchill and was a pivotal force and central figure in the achievement of Irish Independence in 1921.
Featuring arrangements of a selection of Irish airs from the Belfast Harp Festival (1792), Thomas Moore's Irish Melodies form the melodic context and framework for tale about Hazel's undeniable impact on the establishment of the two Irelands.
Award-winning Irish soprano Sarah Power will make her New York debut accompanied by Dublin Symphony Orchestra's lead violinist Aveen McEntee, and Terence Browne on piano. Gregory de la Haba narrates the historical romantic story.