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Cork Opera House 160 Years Gala Celebration

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Cork Opera House 160 Years Gala Celebration

Date: Sat 13th June, 8pm
Tickets: €50 & €75*


We’re delighted to be celebrating our 160 Year Anniversary with a Gala Event that will feature an array of Cork’s best entertainers!


Line Up includes:

Hosted by Cork’s favourite Dame Nannie Nellie aka Frank Mackey

The RTE Concert Orchestra conducted by Cork’s own John O’ Brien

Cork City Ballet with Erina Takahashi

Alan Kenefick of Prodijig

Jimmy MacCarthy

Billa O’ Connell

Iarla Ó Lionáird

Cara O’Sullivan

Fiona Shaw

And more to be announced…


2015 marks the 160th year of Cork Opera House and in celebration of this incredible milestone, a very special Gala Celebration will take place on Saturday, June 13th. A host of Cork’s most renowned performers will take to the stage for this special VIP event, celebrating the past, present and future of Cork Opera House as a hub of top-class talent and entertainment in the city.

The black tie event will be hosted by Cork’s well known and favourite Dame Nannie Nellie aka Frank Mackey, while in a unique first, acclaimed Cork director and composer John O’ Brien will conduct the RTE Concert Orchestra throughout.

One of Ireland’s most celebrated singer/songwriters and Macroom native Jimmy MacCarthy will return to perform a song written especially for the event while distinctive Cork vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird will also take to the stage.

The much loved and highly acclaimed Cara O’Sullivan will perform a selection of classic favourites from her repertoire, including what promises to be a mesmerising rendition of ‘Climb Every Mountain’ from The Sound of Music.

The event will also see Cork City Ballet continue their endeavours of nurturing indigenous talent and engaging dancers from international companies with the world-renowned prima ballerina Erina Takahashi taking to the stage while a number of Cork’s best known stage schools will present performances from their vast repertoires.

Cork-born actress and opera director Fiona Shaw – famous for her roles in My Left Foot and Harry Potter – will also make an appearance while acclaimed choreographer Alan Kenefick of Prodijig famous for their unique take on Irish dancing will perform an impressive solo.

Prepare for a trip down memory lane as the legendary Cork comedian and panto star Billa O’ Connell will recite his prose piece “The Burning of the Opera House”, a moving account of his lasting memory of the day Cork Opera House was destroyed by fire.

Cork Opera House is on a journey, come celebrate our past, be part of our present and let’s look forward to its future. Book now.


*Booking fees may apply


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