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Washington, DC

June 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Underdog history comes to life through new music and old Irish songs in The Hunger by composer Donnacha Dennehy. It is an opera about the Great Famine of 1845-52, rooted in Asenath Nicholson’s harrowing first-person account in Annals of the Famine in Ireland. Featuring acclaimed ensemble Alarm Will Sound (Nonesuch Records at BAM, 2014 Next Wave) and celebrated Irish folk singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, The Hunger imagines soprano Katherine Manley as Nicholson and Ó Lionáird as the voice of the voiceless, with instrumentalists integrated into the staging. Old recordings of traditional sean-nós songs dovetail seamlessly with Dennehy’s score, while video clips of interviews with Noam Chomsky, Paul Krugman, and others underscore the political roots of this tragedy that brought a nation to its knees.


June 1, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566 United States
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(202) 467-4600