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John O'Brien

John O’Brien is a director and composer who has worked on over fifty productions of theatre and opera in Ireland, the UK and Canada, and has toured across Europe, Japan and China.

John is acclaimed for directing Faust, Der Vampyr, Orpheus and Pagliacci at The Everyman; Dido & Aeneas, Candide and Kiss of the Spiderwoman at the Cork Opera House and Angel of Broadway at the National Concert Hall.

Compositions include the opera The Nightingale and the Rose (Irish tour 2018); Easter 1916 – premiered by Fiona Shaw and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra; scores for the feature films Tree Keeper and Shem the Penman Sings Again (premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh); Lullaby for the City (in a Time of Pandemic) for Cork Midsummer Festival; the song cycle/album Lilith for Karen Underwood; music for the plays Levin & Levin, Sisters of the Rising and Lovers at The Everyman; as well as other short films, choral works, piano pieces and numerous operatic, choral and orchestral arrangements.

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