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An Opera for Carlow Insert 3



This is the third in our series following a community arts project in Carlow which is an opera being crafted by conductor Fergus Sheil and written by the Belfast composer Brian Irvine in collaboration with the people of Carlow. Next May the opera will be staged in Carlow in one of Ireland's newest and most impressive new theatres - the George Bernard Shaw Theatre at Visual. The opera will feature the stories and voices of Carlow town and county. We'll be tracking the progress of the opera here on In Tempo over the coming months. Today we are hearing from Regina Hanley, a professional opera singer who has been brought in by conductor Fergus Sheil as a vocal coach. We meet Regina at a singing workshop where she lends her singing expertise to the choir. She also tells us about her hopes for the opera.