National Symphony Orchestra presents Christmas Gala with Claudia Boyle

15 December 2023
Tickets: €25 - €45 + Facility Fee

David Brophy, conductor 
Claudia Boyle, soprano 
Cór Linn 

Back by popular demand, our festive gala magically bringing together the worlds of opera, seasonal favourites and carols. 

The always ‘captivating’ Claudia Boyle sings favourite arias by Gounod and Bizet, and Christmas classics, including Bach/Gounod’s Ave Maria, ‘Je veux vivre’ (Roméo et Juliette), ‘Comme autrefois’ (The Pearl Fishers), The Wexford Carol and O Holy Night

Suitably snowy orchestral showpieces include Nigel Hess’s ringing Christmas Overture and Leroy Anderson’s exhilarating Sleigh Ride. 

Christmas Gala Repertoire

SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
DONIZETTI ‘O luce di quest’Anima’ (Linda di Chamounix)
MASCAGNI Intermezzo (Cavalleria rusticana)
PONCHIELLI Dance of the Hours (La Gioconda)
BERLIOZ Shepherds’ Farewell (L‘enfance du Christ)
BIZET ‘Comme autrefois’ (The Pearl Fishers)
GOUNOD ‘Je veux vivre’ (Roméo et Juliette)
TCHAIKOVSKY March, Sugar Plum Fairy, Russian Dance (The Nutcracker)


HESS A Christmas Overture
Trad arr. Jablokov/Kuruc, orch. Gallagher The Wexford Carol
LERNER & LOEWE ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ (My Fair Lady)
TCHAIKOVSKY Christmas Waltz (‘December’ from The Seasons)
TRAD. Ding Dong! Merrily on High
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Dance of the Tumblers (The Snow Maiden)
BERLIN White Christmas
ADAM O Holy Night
WILLIAMS Harry’s Wondrous World (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)
ANDERSON Sleigh Ride