A DUP opera by Conor Mitchell

Opera music

After a sold-out run at the Outburst Queer Arts Festival, this award-winning opera makes its Dublin premiere. Fusing opera with drag, cabaret and political satire, acclaimed composer Conor Mitchell amplifies his fresh and bold take on contemporary classical music to explore attitudes towards LGBTQ people.

Abomination, A DUP Opera takes as its source the Nolan/Iris Robinson radio interview from 2008 when the MLA described homosexuality as “an abomination”. Featuring historical and recent commentary from DUP members on gay rights, trans lives, marriage equality, ‘poofs’ and ‘perverts’, Abomination, A DUP Opera stages the infamous radio show Iris Robinson on live orchestral music.

Composer Conor Mitchell said: “This is the stuff of grand opera! A tragic heroine. A clash between faith and society. This is really, really opera. For me, the words of Iris Robinson were a wake-up call to the power of language in Words Matter. To me, that’s what new music is; it can focus on the words – make them sing without making explicit commentary. C is for the public to decide.”

With a truly impressive cast, Canadian soprano Rebecca Caine takes on the role of Iris Robinson. Caine first rose to fame as the original Cosette in Les Miserables. Since then she has toured the world, being a well-known soloist to opera and musical theater audiences.

With their unique, high-impact, multi-disciplinary style, the Belfast Ensemble wraps this story in a new web of incendiary historical commentary from members of the DUP on the subject of gay rights, marriage equality, ‘poofs’ and ‘poofs’. perverse” with shocking theatrical effect. – challenge the power of words in the hands of the powerful.

The opera comes to Dublin in March. Tickets are available now on the Abbey Theater website.