Talk: An Opera on Dante’s life

From aria to opera  Patrick Cassidy discusses how he went from writing an aria to an opera.

Dublin Dante Summer School event

Friday 21 June 2019 , 6.30pm

In 2000, film producers Dino and Martha De Laurentiis asked Irish composer Patrick Cassidy to write an aria for an opera that did not exist. The subject: Dante’s love for Beatrice, as expressed in La Vita Nuova.  The resulting aria, “Vide cor meum”, was featured in a pivotal scene in Ridley Scott’s film Hannibal.  It would go on to be used in numerous other films and television shows, as well as become one of the most frequently recorded pieces of contemporary opera music. Now, around that beloved music, Patrick Cassidy has written an entire opera.  The new opera dramatises the poet’s passion for Beatrice, the tragedy of her loss in youth, and his fantastical journey through the inferno and purgatory to be reunited with her, based on the events – and sung entirely from Dante’s own words -- in the Vita Nuova and the Divina Commedia.  The opera will premiere in Italy for the 2021 celebrations of the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death. Patrick Cassidy will give us the chance to get a first glimpse into his approach to this very special and monumental endeavour.

Patrick Cassidy is an Irish orchestral, choral and film score composer. He came into prominence with the release of The Children of Lir, the first major symphonic work written in the Irish language. He currently resides in Los Angeles, where in addition to his concert work and compositions he scores films and documentaries. Notable credits include: Hannibal, Veronica Guerin, Confessions of a Burning Man, Salem’s Lot, King Arthur, Layer Cake, Che Guevara, Ashes and Snow, Kingdom of Heaven, The Front Line, L'Aviatore, The Irishman, Calvary, 1916 The Irish Rebellion.

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