Creative Team

Composer

EMMA O’HALLORAN

Librettist

MARK O’HALLORAN

Director

TOM CREED

Music Director

ELAINE KELLY

Featuring

NAOMI O'CONNELL, MARC KUDISCH, KYLE BIELFIELD, and NOVUS NY

Scenic Design

JIM FINDLAY

Lighting Design

CHRIS KUHL

Costume Design

MONTANA LEVI BLANCO

Sound Engineering

GARTH MACALEAVEY

Assistant Direction

MADELINE WHITESELL

Assistant Lighting Design

BRYAN EALEY

Associate Costume Design

JESSICA CRAWFORD

Featuring

NOVUS NY

EMMA O’HALLORAN

MARK O’HALLORAN

TOM CREED

ELAINE KELLY

About

A powerful double bill by Irish composer Emma O’Halloran.

In the compelling monodrama MARY MOTORHEAD, a convicted murderer invites us to hear her secret history—the disappointments and betrayals that shaped her life—in the hope that it may shine some light upon the darkness of her actions. Mezzo-soprano Naomi Louisa O’Connell stars as the woman pushed to the edge by circumstance, now finding the road back to herself.

TRADE is the story of a rent boy and his closeted client in working-class Dublin, both trapped within their own lives. Meeting secretly in a cheap hotel, they wrestle with their own inner demons and their need for each other. Three-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch (star of LA Opera’s Wonderful Town and anatomy theater) portrays a family man whose world is crumbling apart, with international recording artist Kyle Bielfield as a young hustler determined to take charge of his future.

Support

Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, Irish National Opera, Trinity Church Wall Street, and Nancy & Barry Sanders. Produced by Beth Morrison Projects and Irish National Opera in association with Trinity Church Wall Street. Additional support provided by Virginia B. Toulmin Charitable Foundation, Antonia & Vladimer Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund,Inc, Elizabeth Greenberg, Culture Ireland, and Charlotte Isaacs.

Press

"With Elaine Kelly conducting the ensemble NOVUS NY, O’Halloran shapes lucid, communicative vocal lines; the text always sings out."

The New York Times

"Skillfully directed by Tom Creed, Mr. Bielfield’s haunting tenor created an enormously poignant character, his monosyllabic profanity just a cover for his terror, while Mr. Kudisch’s slow burn gradually revealed a superficially macho man longing to be understood."

Wall Street Journal

"Mark O'Halloran's libretto is precise and moving, presenting a truthful story without digressing into any it-gets-better moralizing. Emma O'Halloran's score, full of string tremolos and fluttering woodwinds, captures the sublime precoital tension that can exist between two men. Alex Dowling's electronic sound design enhances the score, simulating that moment when the alcohol hits your blood stream."

Theater Mania

“Some of the most unencumbered, authentic, and joyful music that I have heard in recent years.” (Praise for Emma O'Halloran)

I Care If You Listen

01 / 04

Calendar

Trade / Mary Motorhead

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