Colm Tóibín, Laureate for Irish Fiction 2022-2024 Photo: Barry Cronin
On Writing Librettos, Laureate for Irish
Fiction Colm Tóibín and composer Alberto Caruso
Laureate for Irish Fiction, Colm Tóibín, has written a libretto for an opera of his novel The Master with composer Alberto Caruso. In this special event Colm Tóibín will be in conversation with Alberto Caruso as they discuss their collaboration and the process of writing the libretto ahead of the premiere of The Master at the Wexford Festival Opera 2022. The evening will feature Colm Tóibín reading from his novel The Master and some excerpts from the opera will be performed on piano by Alberto Caruso.
- Date and Time: Thursday 20 October 2022 7pm
- Location: Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford.
- Tickets: www.wexfordartscentre.ie/
Alberto Caruso, born in Trento, lives in Rome. After graduation in piano, composition and orchestra conducting mentored by Carlo Maria Giulini, began scoring films guided by Franco Mannino, Luchino Visconti’s composer. After three years in Los Angeles assisting Henning Lohner at Hans Zimmer studios, he scored Madhouse, Sunday Lunch, Call it Democracy, Cardiofitness, Without Writers. Tokyo Chamber Opera commissioned his opera based on The Little Prince by Saint-Exupéry; he wrote the libretto in Japanese and Italian and conducted the premiere in Tokyo 2008 and Turin 2015. Together with Colm Tóibín, librettist for The Master, they did a workshop organized by University of Colorado Boulder, directed by Ron Daniels. He performed at Festival Due Mondi Spoleto, Festival Cervantino Guanajuato, Opera Puebla Mexico, Joondalup Festival Australia.
The Laureate Annual Lecture 2022: 'Ships in Full Sail: A Life in Music' by Colm Tóibín
Laureate for Irish Fiction Colm Tóibín will present his first Annual Laureate Lecture at Town Hall Theatre Galway in November, in association with Cúirt International Festival of Literature and Galway Music Residency.
The Lecture entitled 'Ships in Full Sail: A Life in Music' will feature music performances by Iarla Ó Lionáird, Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill and ConTempo Quartet.
- Date and Time: Sunday 6 November at 8pm
- Location: Town Hall Theatre, Galway
- Booking: Tickets are free but booking is required. Book here.
Iarla Ó Lionáird
Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill
Colm Tóibín, Laureate for Irish Fiction, at West Cork Literary Festival 2022
Colm Tóibín will appear at West Cork Literary Festival in 2022. Join us and hear him as he discusses his latest novel, The Magician, and speaks about his appointment as Laureate for Irish Fiction 2022-2024.
||Colm’s magnificent new novel opens in a provincial German city at the turn of the twentieth century, where the boy, Thomas Mann, grows up with a conservative father, bound by propriety, and a Brazilian mother, alluring and unpredictable. Young Mann hides his artistic aspirations from his father and his homosexual desires from everyone. He is infatuated with one of the richest, most cultured Jewish families in Munich, and marries the daughter Katia. They have six children. On a holiday in Italy, he longs for a boy he sees on a beach and writes the story Death in Venice. Thomas Mann is the most successful novelist of his time, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, a public man whose private life remains secret. He is expected to lead the condemnation of Hitler, whom he underestimates. His oldest daughter and son, leaders of Bohemianism and of the anti-Nazi movement, share lovers. He flees Germany for Switzerland, France and, ultimately, America, living first in Princeton and then in Los Angeles. In a stunning marriage of research and imagination, Colm explores the heart and mind of a writer whose gift is unparalleled and whose life is driven by a need to belong and the anguish of illicit desire. The Magician is an intimate, astonishingly complex portrait of Mann, his magnificent and complex wife Katia, and the times in which they lived—the first world war, the rise of Hitler, World War II, the Cold War, and exile. This is a man and a family fiercely engaged by the world, profoundly flawed, and unforgettable. Through one life, Colm Tóibín tells the breathtaking story of the twentieth century.