|Heresy - Roger Doyle (photo of Iestyn Morris in |
a previous workshop performance)
Heresy is based on the life of Giordano Bruno, the 16th century Italian philosopher. Born in 1548, at Nola, near Naples and burned at the stake for heresy in 1600 in Rome, Bruna was a philosopher, priest, professor, playwright and occultist whose theories anticipated modern science. The opera combines scenes from Bruno's life with imagined scenes including episodes in his cell the night before he is executed where he is visited by a diversity of characters from his life, his works and from the future including James Joyce. Heresy is Doyle's first opera, his disc Time Machine was issued in 2015 (see my review).
Further information from the Project Arts Centre website. You can see scenes from the opera on YouTube.