Opera PodcastsNovember 16, 2016


“Hunger” is a new work based on old Irish songs and first-hand accounts of Ireland’s Great Famine of 1845-1852. It’s an opera in the sense that it tells a big story through music. The composer, Donnacha Dennehy, and the lead singer, Iarla Ó Lionáird, join producer Susan Wallner to discuss singing in Irish and the connection between the dark times of the Great Famine and today’s world. The Princeton University Fund for Irish Studies presents excerpts from “Hunger” and a discussion with Donnacha and Iarla on Friday, November 18 at 4:30 pm at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. The event is free.

DonnachaDennehy_courtesy-dennehyfis-logoTheGreatFamineIarla O Lionaird courtesy of Iarla O Lionaird

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Susan Wallner
Susan Wallner

Susan Wallner is an award-winning producer and writer. She recently completed You'll Have the Sky: The Life and Work of Anne Morrow Lindbergh about the writer and aviator, narrated by Judith Light and Lily Rabe. She co-produced Ode to Joy, a performance special now airing on PBS. Her national documentaries include Ben Shahn: Passion for Justice, Toshiko Takaezu: Portrait of an Artist, and Michael Graves: The Warehouse. Susan is a principal at PCK Media, where she produces the award-winning weekly public television series State of the Arts as well as a wide range of other projects. Recent highlights include a history series produced for New Jersey’s 350th birthday, It Happened Here: New Jersey, and advocacy videos for the statewide campaign, “Pre-K Our Way.” Susan has an MA from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication, and a BA from New College of Florida. She also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her awards include 13 regional Emmys, four CINE Golden Eagles, two NETA Awards, a Worldfest Houston Gold Special Jury Award, and a Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts Fellowship.