Maestro Monday - Andrew Synnott – Music Director and composer of ‘Dubliners’

Wexford Festival Opera is thrilled to present the world-premiere of Dubliners by the Dublin-based composer, arranger, conductor and pianist, Andrew Synnott.  As the composer of this highly-anticipated new opera, it is only natural that he should also act as its music director. The opera is written for a cast of six singers, accompanied by piano and string quartet.  Dubliners is a co-production with Opera Theatre Company, a company Andrew has worked with extensively.

He will be bringing to life two new short operas based on stories, Counterparts and The Boarding House, from Dubliners by James Joyce, which are given a fresh new treatment in this operatic double-bill, just over 100 years after they were first published. 

Andrew’s list of credits is extensive, but recent highlights include conducting the premiere of his first opera, Breakdown, in the National Concert Hall, Dublin as well as his arrangements of La bohème, Susanna’s Secret and The Magic Flute, which toured extensively in Ireland and the UK.

In the coming months Andrew will conduct a Maria Callas 40th anniversary concert at the NCH, Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera for the RIAM, a programme including Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony here in Wexford with the Wexford Sinfonia and Faure’s Requiem with Dublin choir, Enchiriadis Treis. Other conducting credits include Buxton Opera Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and various other projects in Australia, Portugal and France. In addition to conducting, his organ and choral music has been performed and broadcast worldwide.

Andrew is the artistic director and conductor for the Just Play Sinfonietta, a collaboration between Maynooth University and Music Generation in the midlands. He is the principle conductor of the Dublin Orchestral Players. He is a former artistic director and conductor of Crash Ensemble, a group he co-founded in 1997 and holds a PhD in composition from Dublin’s Conservatory of Music and Drama.

It has been a long-time ambition of the current Artistic Director, David Agler to bring Andrew to Wexford, but it took a while to find the ideal project.  We think Dubliners will be well worth the wait.