composed by Evangelia Rigaki
libretto by Marina Carr
directed by Louise Lowe
conducted by Elaine Kelly
Old Ghosts is free to view worldwide online on OperaVision until 16 December 2023. Old Ghosts is a co-production between Irish National Opera and ANU and is part of Ulysses 2.2 by ANU, Landmark Productions and MoLI.
The world premiere of Old Ghosts was performed live at the Museum of Literature Ireland from 2-4 February 2023. It marked the culmination of the Ulysses 2.2 year-long programme.
James Joyce and Nora Barnacle are living in Trieste. Joyce has embarked on his great enterprise, the composition of Ulysses. After a night on the town, he sits at his writing desk, working on his masterpiece. As he begins to write, he is visited by two ghosts, Homer and Penelope, who have a thing or two to say to him and to each other. As morning approaches, Joyce composes a letter to his aunt, inquiring after everyday Dublin life, details of which will become the thread of his iconic masterwork. Meanwhile, Nora pines for home, longing to return to her beloved west of Ireland.
Funded by an Open Call Award from the Arts Council.