Harlequin Opera : La Bohème at Boyle Abbey


Please bring rugs or low seating

Harlequin Opera is delighted to present Puccini’s most beloved opera, La Bohème, at the Boyle Arts Festival 2019.  This timeless story of young love, found and lost, is laden with some of the greatest arias in the operatic canon, from Rodolfo’s “Che Gelida Manina” (Your Tiny Hand is frozen), Mimi’s “Mi Chiamano Mimi” (They call me Mimi); the magnificent Act 1 Love Duet, to Musetta’s Waltz Song and Colline’s Coat Aria.  Join Harlequin Opera for this updated production, starring the cream of Irish operatic talent, headed by tenors David Lynn & James Nelson, sopranos Sandra Oman and Deirdre Masterson, baritones Simon Morgan, Rory Musgrave  and bass Rory Dunne.  At the helm is Musical Director David Wray.  For all romantics at heart!


Rodolfo – David Lynn
Mimi – Sandra Oman
Marcello – Simon Morgan
Musetta – Deirdre Masterson
Schaunard – Rory Musgrave
Colline – Rory Dunne
Benoit – James Nelson
Alcindoro – James Nelson



Our thanks to OPW for facilitating this event


Considered one of the finest sopranos of her generation, Dublin-born soprano Sandra Oman was the 2004 recipient of the Margaret Burke Sheridan Memorial Award for excellence in the field of opera. Born in the Liberties, Dublin, this Number One Selling Recording Artist graduated from the DIT Conservatory of Music, Dublin with the Ely O’Carroll Gold Medal, the Conservatory’s highest award. She later studied with the legendary La Scala soprano, Graziella Sciutti, and her husband, vocal coach Conor Farren.

Deirdre Masterson currently acts as Performing Arts Dean for Irish American University and director of The Irish College of Music Theatre. A native from Gorey Co. Wexford, Deirdre started her music studies at a young age in the Wexford School of music under the direction of Alan Cutts. She made her Wexford International Opera Festival debut at the tender age of twelve playing the part of the “spirit,” in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. A founding member of “The Irish Sopranos,” Deirdre has performed to sell out tours on both sides of the Atlantic over the last decade and enjoyed chart success with both their album releases “A Time for Us,” and “Believe.” Deirdre is a featured artist on many recordings including “Faith of our Fathers,” “Who fears to speak,” and her own album entitled “My Song”

David Wray trained at Lancaster University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He has since worked as a pianist and musical director and arranger in the fields of Opera and Musical Theatre. David is currently Artistic & Musical Director for Opera in the Open, Dublin, The Three Irish Tenors, The Irish Sopranos and Druid.