HERESY (originally titled The Death By Fire Of Giordano Bruno) is a contemporary opera based on episodes from the life and works of Giordano Bruno and the first opera by the celebrated Irish composer, Roger Doyle. The libretto is by noted playwright and dramaturg, Jocelyn Clarke, and director Eric Fraad.
The full opera runs to about 2 hours. This is a 95 minute 'Scenes From...'
Mystic magus, heretic priest, hermetic philosopher, spy and playwright, Giordano Bruno was one of the renaissance’s most brilliant and controversial figures. Burned at the stake in 1600 after a nine-year trial by the Roman inquisition, Bruno envisioned a cosmos without a centre, infinite galaxies and inhabited planets. His writings prefigured quantum theory by 350 years and influenced numerous works by Shakespeare, Molière and James Joyce for whom Bruno remained a lifelong hero.
A martyr for truth and tragic hero, a complex visionary who challenged the intellectual, religious, and social conventions of his time and re-imagined the composition of the universe, Bruno is the ideal subject for opera. A cultural superstar in his own time, Bruno’s importance and relevance has grown over the centuries as his speculations and predictions have come to pass and he and his philosophy achieved cult status.
HERESY features episodes from Bruno’s life and fantastic scenes that allow for great theatricality and effect. The opera presents acts where Bruno demonstrates his system of magic memory before the court of Henry III of France, diverse expositions of his trials in Rome and Venice before the inquisition, episodes in his cell the night before he is executed where he is visited by a diversity of characters from his life, his works and from the future including James Joyce, scenes that time travel to the present day and beyond as he trail blazes amongst the deities in the cosmos and predicts the future. Mr. Doyle’s electronic score incorporates many qualities of a traditional orchestra while providing far-reaching dramatic and musical possibilities that go beyond normative operatic instrumentation.
The premiere took place on the 28th October and ran till November 5th 2016 at The Project Arts Centre, Dublin - made possible with an Opera Production Grant from the Arts Council.
Admin & production contact: Aoife White META Productions firstname.lastname@example.org
META Productions was founded by Roger Doyle and Eric Fraad who are its co-artistic directors.
Video extracts from a performance of Act 1 in 2013 at the Dublin Theatre Festival 'in development' programme can be seen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=omiAILG3PX0