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Vivaldi’s “explosive” opera Bajazet comes to Town Hall

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Gianluca Margheri as Bajazet and Niamh O’Sullivan as Asteria. Photo: Kip Carroll

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

Vivaldi’s opera, Bajazet, will be performed in Galway’s Town Hall Theatre next Tuesday, January 25, starting at 5pm. It’s a co-production between Irish National Opera (INO) and London’s Royal Opera House, in partnership with the Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO).

The Artistic Director of the INO, Fergus Sheil, describes Bajazet as “an explosive opera with characters that are larger than life, inhabiting a world of power games, brinkmanship, violence, betrayal, impersonation, disguise, defiance and revenge”.

Lots of drama then in the three-act opera which was first performed in 1735 in Verona.  According to Fergus, that’s “matched with a musical score that jumps off the page. Vivaldi’s vocal writing is as colourful as you expect from the composer of The Four Seasons. He challenges his singers to perform with outstanding virtuosity and the vocal acrobatics drive the drama forward”.

This is the second Vivaldi opera to be staged by the INO – the first was Griselda in 2019, which was also the first time a Vivaldi opera was presented in Ireland.

It’s being conducted by INO Artistic Partner Peter Whelan, who is also Artistic Director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra. He is working with the IBO on this production, as he did with Griselda.

Set in the 14th century, this drama filled with powerful men and strong women begins after the Ottoman sultan, Bajazet, has been defeated by the Tartar prince, Tamerlano. Bajazet and his daughter, Asteria, are now prisoners.

Asteria is in love with a Greek prince, Andronicus, and Bajazet asks him to take care of her, although Andronicus is Tamerlano’s ally.

However, Tamerlano also has designs on Asteria. He’s engaged to another princess, Irene, but intends to break off that engagement to pursue the deposed sultan’s daughter.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Family-friendly location just a stroll to the beach

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Family friendly location: 26 Tearmann Eala (red door) in Renmore.

This large semi-detached residence in the popular Tearmann Eala estate in Renmore has come to the market with an asking price of €395,000.

Number 26 is a well-presented four-bed property with very generous living space spread out over two floors.

The ground floor comprises a wide entrance hall with under stairs toilet, a large living room with open fireplace and to the rear, the kitchen/dining room and utility both with access to the back garden.

Upstairs are four double bedrooms all with built-in wardrobes and the master is en suite. Completing the upstairs is the main bathroom.

Externally, there is off-street parking to the front and a well-kept rear garden.

Selling agent Kyle O’Brien said: “Tearmann Eala is a quiet cul de sac development in Renmore. It is a perfect family friendly development and is well serviced by local amenities and services nearby.

“Ballyloughane Beach is only a short stroll away and not to mention all the communal green areas and facilities such as Galwegians Rugby Club and the Kingfisher Leisure facilities.

“Additionally, there are many further amenities such as schools, Dunnes Stores, Lidl and Parkmore IDA Park, the major employment hub on the east side of the city.”

For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact DNG Maxwell, Heaslip & Leonard on 091 565261.

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Consumer spend hit by inflation

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The average planned monthly spend among Irish consumers has decreased by ten per cent, according to Deloitte’s latest State of the Consumer Tracker.

The survey found that consumers in Ireland are ten per cent more concerned about inflation than the global average, with more than half (56 per cent) worried about their level of savings.

It also found that consumer confidence in engaging with businesses and services in person has increased over the last month; 80 per cent feel safe going to the store (up six per cent since the previous wave); 80 per cent feel safe engaging in one-to-one services such as hairdressing (up five per cent); 78 per cent feel safe going to a restaurant (up seven per cent); and 66 per cent feel safe attending in-person events (up ten per cent).

Despite this, financial concerns among consumers in Ireland have remained constant or lessened only slightly since the previous wave: 26 per cent are concerned about making upcoming payments (down two per cent); 52 per cent say they are delaying large purchases (no change); 44 per cent are optimistic that their personal financial situation will improve within the next three years (up one per cent); and 56 per cent are concerned about their level of savings (no change).

In fact, of the 23 countries surveyed, Ireland is the third-most-concerned about inflation, with 85 per cent of consumers in Ireland saying that they are concerned about inflation, compared to the global average of 75 per cent.

Consequently, the average planned monthly spend among consumers in Ireland has decreased by a significant ten per cent, from €2,654 in the previous wave to €2,396.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Little by way of ready relief from hypochondria ailment

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Country Living with Francis Farragher

Not all the time, but here and there, I get occasional nominations for being the number one hypochondriac in my immediate circle, an ‘accolade’ I hotly dispute but often to no avail. There is always that tendency when a sudden headache arrives or a twinge in the back comes like a lightning strike or a cough starts out of the blue to straight away harbour thoughts of impending doom.

With the passing of years – even decades – you get subtle hints of your finitude (a fancy way of saying that you’re going to die sometime) and you begin to check out medical terms like floaters (little black spots that appear in your line of vision), cataracts, osteoarthritis, diabetes, depression and of course the dreaded dementia.

If you can tick off more than two of those boxes then you know that you’re in a bit of bother and the only hope is that if you tick them all, you’re probably just in a state of chronic hypochondria rather than being on your last legs.

Luckily many years ago after a brief flirtation with cigarettes while at school (secondary), some kind of a spirit descended upon me and prompted me to turn my back on the dreaded weed, which has now become horrendously expensive as well as killing you off before your time.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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