Trilling Trilling Productions
THE GENESIS OF ULYSSES: AN OPERA
The idea of adapting Ulysses as an opera has its genesis in my time spent volunteering in the James Joyce Tower and Museum in Sandycove. Joyce’s love of opera is well documented and he regularly attended operas wherever he lived. He had a fine tenor voice himself and loved singing ballads, arias and parlour songs.
I began working on the libretto in 2014. After a few months I felt it was time to find a composer. I didn’t know any personally. I paid a visit to the Contemporary Music Centre in Fishamble Street and explained my quest. I left with a bundle of CDs featuring the work of contemporary Irish composers. I listened to the CDs not really knowing how I might recognise a possible collaborator. When I heard Eric Sweeney’s piece I was immediately attracted.
By coincidence that evening on RTÉ radio an excerpt from Eric’s opera The Invader, which was being staged in the Wexford Opera House, was broadcast. I wrote to Eric and asked if I could meet him the following evening in Wexford.
I was enchanted by The Invader and I asked Eric after the show if I could send him my work in progress. Having read the opening episodes, he very kindly agreed to work together.
Trilling Trilling Productions is made of father and daughter team Andrew and Andrea Basquille.
Andrew Basquille is a Dublin born musician and writer. He is a composer and singer of folk songs. He volunteers and conducts tours at the James Joyce Tower in Sandycove. Andrew has been a finalist in the Dun Laoghaire, Glinsk and Christy Hennessy Song Contests. His band Factor One performed widely in Europe in the 1980s. He is a regular contributor at An Goilin traditional singing club in The Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square, Dublin. Andrew is Board Member and Company Secretary of RAAP (Recorded Artists Actors performers) and DYDC (Dublin Youth Dance Company) His ballad Arthur’s Song, satirising Arthur’s Day, was published in the Irish Times in 2013. He most recently performed his compositions The Ballad of Bloom and Stephen, How Bloomsday Came to Be, and The Sandycove Martello at the Joyce Tower in Sandycove, The James Joyce Centre in North Great George’s St. and Meeting House Square on Bloomsday 2015.
Andrea has been teaching on the Vocal, Opera, and Drama programmes at DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama since January 2016. She has worked on many DIT Opera and Drama productions including Orpheus in the Underworld, Amahl and the Night Visitors, A Terrible Beauty, Le Nozze di Figaro, Conservatory of Clown, Susanna, The Rover. and The Half Promised Land. She directed the end-of-year opera scenes for the MMus course at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in 2015. Andrea is a founding member of Dublin Youth Opera Company for which she devised and directed two 'jukebox operas', Thicker than Water and Big Brother, which both toured Ireland. She continues to work as a freelance theatre director. For over ten years she has been directing productions and teaching drama, singing, and dance in a wide variety of educational settings including primary & secondary schools, theatre schools, and language schools.