The Ballybruff Trilogy - Lime Tree Theatre

The Ballybruff Trilogy

Presented by Opera Workshop
By Luke Byrne, Composer and Shirley Keane, Librettist

Wild geese, wild priests and wild goings-on in rural 1970’s Ireland make up this wild Irish Opera Triptych.

The Ballybruff Trilogy is three short operas in one featuring The Proposal, Parochial House, and the original short opera which started it all, Bloody Murder. A cast of six exceptional singers will be joined by a live five-piece ensemble, conducted by composer Luke Byrne, and directed by Opera Workshop Artistic Director Shirley Keane.

The Ballybruff Trilogy

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The operas lay bare the heart ache, the bitterness and frustrations of life in the rural parish of Ballybruff. Each short work is a self-contained story, but tales intertwine, passion turns to revenge and hate simmers with the ever present strong, black tea.

Working with Limerick based production partners Honest Arts, the cast brings together some of the best of Irish opera talent including Limerick’s Owen Gilhooly Miles (baritone); Catherine Donnelly (soprano) from Northern Ireland; Kerry native Leanne Fitzgerald (mezzo-soprano); Dublin based Rory Dunne (baritone), and Christopher Bowen (tenor); in addition are English singers, James Beddoe (tenor) and Grace Maria Wain (mezzo-soprano).


  • Please note all ticket prices include a booking charge.
  • Seating is allocated for this event.
  • No exchanges or refunds.
  • Wheelchair spaces can only be booked over the phone. Please call box office on (061) 953400 if you wish to book a wheelchair space.
  • On street parking.

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