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An uplifting and exciting new dance opera with music by Tom Lane, libretto by Jessica Traynor, choreography by John Scott with a brilliant multicultural cast of opera singers and dancers and visual projections by the award-winning US dance filmmaker, Jason Akira Somma. Taking inspiration from stories of wandering and migration. Performed on World Refugee Day, The Wanderer promises to be a unique performance event.

Cork Midsummer Festival

Cork Opera House

World Refugee Day - 20 June 2022

Mairead Buicke (Soprano), Brendan Collins (Baritone), Fearghal Curtis (Tenor), Salma Ataya (dancer), Vitor Bassi (dancer), Kiribu Akello (dancer), Ghaliah Conroy (dancer), Favour Odusola (dancer), Simone O’Toole (dancer), Haile Takabo (dancer), Magdalena Hylak (dancer), Alessandra Azevedo (dancer), Conor Doherty (dancer), Hannah Scully (dancer)

Musicians: Olena Lesya Iglody (Violin), Aliona Kliuchka (Cello), Hilda Leader-Galvin(Viola), Tom Lane (Piano and Musical Director)

Choreography by John Scott
Music composed by Tom Lane
Musical Direction by Tom Lane
Libretto by Jessica Traynor
Lighting Design by Sebastian Pizarro
Costume Design by Ciara Fleming
Projections and images by Jason Akira Somma

Supported by the Arts Council


The Guardian Article

"And our hearts were slapped sideways tonight. The Wanderer hit gorgeous-heavy with dance, voice & soundscapes. Exquisite performers. Librettist Jessica Traynor - her lingering lyrics slicing air. Congratulations..." - Róisín Leggett Bohan

"Powerful, raw, beautifully crafted tragic stories of migration...All [five stars]..." - Evelyn Grant 

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