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Ramin Karimloo New Year’s Eve Gala with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra
National Concert Hall, Saturday 31st December 2016
The RTÉ Concert Orchestra is proud to present the first Irish concert by one of the biggest of all West End and Broadway stars. Ramin Karimloo – ‘one of the most formidable forces in musical theatre’ (Guardian) – joins the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for a celebration of musical theatre on New Year’s Eve at the National Concert Hall. Starting at 10pm, the concert runs to midnight and beyond, the perfect way for musical fans to see in 2017.
Born in Iran, raised in Canada, Karimloo is making his first trip to Dublin but there is an Irish musical angle to his dreams-come-true story. In 1990, aged 12, he reluctantly went along on a school trip to see The Phantom of the Opera starring Colm Wilkinson. It was a life-changing experience – such was the impact that two years later the Toronto Star ran a story about a ‘Grade 11 student from Alexander Mackenzie High School who has seen The Phantom of the Opera 10 times’. Having inspired him, Wilkinson became a mentor and friend and the two have since performed together.
Karimloo told people that if he didn't have a leading role in the West End by the time he was 25, he would quit and become a cop. Luckily his bluff wasn’t called – two weeks before that birthday, he was cast as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. He then got the title role and as he says: ‘12 years to the day from when that article about me appeared in the Star, I was playing the Phantom in London.’
Andrew Lloyd Webber singled him out him to originate the role of the Phantom in the sequel, Love Never Dies, which won him the prestigious Theatregoer’s Choice Award and the Broadwayworld.com award for Best Actor in a musical. He has had a similar impact playing Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and was recently chosen to perform in the Oscars Les Mis tribute.
See a true star in action with the full RTÉ Concert Orchestra in a night of favourites from Phantom, Les Mis, Evita, Camelot and many more.
- Saturday 31st December 2016
- €34.50–€69.50 (limited concessions €31.50–€62.50)
- The National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Ireland