Irish National Opera presents Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore

Can the humble Nemorino win the heart of the sophisticated Adina? He is taken in by the dubious Dr Dulcamara and swallows the elixir of love. Adina, meanwhile, discovers the only true elixir.

Irish National Opera’s new production of L’elisir d’amore has all the ingredients of a perfect romantic comedy, a young man in love, a dubious elixir, heartache, and plenty of obstacles. Donizetti’s score takes audiences from tender heartfelt serenades like “Una furtiva lagrima” to exuberant energetic ensembles. All brought to life by star soprano Claudia Boyle as Adina, US tenor Duke Kim (Faust 2023) as Nemorino and John Molloy as the outlandish rogue “doctor” Dulcamara. Baritone Gianluca Margheri (Bajazet 2022) is Belcore and soprano Deirdre Higgins is Adina’s friend Giannetta.

L’elisir d’amore is conducted by Erina Yashima and directed by Cal McCrystal with set and costume design by Sarah Bacon and features the Irish National Opera orchestra and chorus.

Running time is 2 hours 30 mins including one interval.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

SPECIAL EFFECTS: This production may contain Strobe Lighting, Flashing Lights, Smoke and Haze.

AGE GUIDANCE: Under 16’s must be accompanied by and seated next to a parent/guardian aged 18+

*Performance schedule and times are subject to change and may be affected by illness or events beyond the producers’ or venues’ control. Performers, dates, times, prices, and fees are subject to change without notice.

Irish National Opera presents Strauss’s Fledermaus

Man-about-town Eisenstein is supposed to report to jail, his wife Rosalinde will stay home for the night and their maid Adele needs to visit a sick aunt. Yet all three turn up in disguise at Count Orlofsky’s masked ball.

Famous for his “The Blue Danube” waltz,  Fledermaus is Johann Strauss’ most popular opera. Best-known for its tunefulness, upbeat musicality and Viennese lilt, the story has hilarious twists and turns, with disguises, double crossings and rivers of champagne.

Fledermaus  showcases outstanding Irish vocal talent with sopranos  Jade Phoenix  and  Sarah Shine  as Rosalinde and her maid Adele, and mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty as Prince Orlofsky. American tenor  Alex McKissick  sings Eisenstein and baritone  Ben McAteer (Don Pasquale 2023)  is Dr Falke. The ensemble cast also includes soprano  Megan O’Neill and tenors  Aaron O’Hare  and  William Pearson.  Fledermaus  is conducted by  Richard Peirson  and directed Davey Kelleher,  with set design by  Paul O’Mahony,  costume design by  Catherine Fay  and lighting design by Sinead McKenna.

Running time is 2 hours 30 mins including one interval.

Sung in English.

SPECIAL EFFECTS: This production may contain Strobe Lighting, Flashing Lights, Smoke and Haze.

AGE GUIDANCE: Under 16’s must be accompanied by and seated next to a parent/guardian aged 18+

*Performance schedule and times are subject to change and may be affected by illness or events beyond the producers’ or venues’ control. Performers, dates, times, prices, and fees are subject to change without notice.

Irish National Opera presents Trade / Mary Motorhead

Irish composer Emma O’Halloran has turned two of her uncle Mark O’Halloran’s plays into a critically acclaimed double bill.

Mary Motorhead
Mary Motorhead has been locked in a prison cell after stabbing her husband in the head with a 12-inch carving knife. While he lies in intensive care, Mary reflects on the events that have brought this turbulent rural marriage to such a crisis.

In a guesthouse in Dublin’s north inner city, a vulnerable and confused young rent boy sits with a middle-aged client. The older man has blood on his shirt. A lot has happened since the two last met.

Running time is 2 hours including one interval.

Sung in English.

A co-production with Beth Morrison Projects.

European premiere co-presented by Kilkenny Arts Festival.

SPECIAL EFFECTS: This production contains Strobe Lighting, Flashing Lights, Smoke and Haze.

AGE GUIDANCE: Recommended 18+ contains themes of an adult nature.

*Performance schedule and times are subject to change and may be affected by illness or events beyond the producers’ or venues’ control. Performers, dates, times, prices, and fees are subject to change without notice.


Creatures of Habit – Cork Midsummer Festival

Directed by Conor Hanratty and starring Lily Ackerman and Tom Lane, Creatures of Habit is a song cycle about how to live when your everyday decisions contribute to ecological collapse.

What actions matter? Why is it so hard to do anything, even when we stand to lose everything? How can people change? Five singers and a piano contemplate these questions, giving music to existential crises.

La bohème (Semi-staged)

The Paris of love and art. A poet, a painter, a musician and a philosopher. The tragedies of love and poverty.

Gavan Ring in association with The Cahersiveen Music and Arts Festival presents the Cork Opera House production of La bohème on Sunday 4th August 2024.

This semistaged concert performance is conducted by John O’Brien and directed by Conor Hanratty. Brendan Collins joins three of the inaugural cohort of the Cara O Sullivan Associate Artists, Gavan Ring, Rachel Croash and Emma Nash to perform this reimagined classic opera, with narration by actor Éadaoin O’Donoghue. The ensemble are accompanied by the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra, with Director Conor Hanratty and costumes by Valentina Gambardella

The opera follows a love story between a poet named Rodolfo (performed by Tenor, Gavan Ring) and Mimi, a seamstress, as they are forced to face the challenges of Mimi’s declining health and the realities of living in Paris’ Latin Quarter during the 1830s. The cast also includes Rory Dunne, Malachy Frame and John Molloy.

Elsewhere – A New Opera by Michael Gallen

Elsewhere is an extraordinary, shocking, funny, and, ultimately, moving piece of contemporary theatre – The Irish Times

Following its hugely successful run on the Abbey Theatre stage in 2021, this bold new opera by Michael Gallen, based on the true story of the radical “Monaghan Asylum Soviet” of 1919”, goes on tour.  Highlighted as one of the Irish Times’s Best of 2021, Elsewhere was also nominated for two Irish Times Theatre Awards, including Best Opera.

In 1919, the staff of the Monaghan Asylum barricaded the hospital gates and declared themselves an independent Soviet commune. Their strike brought asylum workers and patients together in collective action, presenting a revolutionary vision of what a care-centred society could look like.

The moment of the Soviet is in constellation with our own, occurring during the 1918 Flu pandemic, and at a time when social and geographical borders were being redrawn. Marked by death and hardship, the strikers overcame sectarian divides to demand humane conditions and equal pay for women and men.

In Elsewhere, these events unfold through the visions of Celine, a patient who decades later remains ‘locked in’ to the moment of the Soviet, believing herself to be its leader. Through her interactions with the charismatic ‘Inspector of Lunatics’ we tread the borders between fantasy and incarceration.

Drawing upon the hum of murmured rosaries, the eccentric lilt of the border dialect and the glitched ornamentation of Oriel sean nós song, Elsewhere’s score melds a delicate, introspective complexity with the raucous energy of revolt.

The libretto is co-written by Michael Gallen with poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin and playwright Carys D Coburn, and the production brings together a team of renowned Irish artists and rising international stars led by director Tom Creed and conductor Fiona Monbet. Singers and instrumentalists play a range of characters from patients and strikers to Marx and Jehovah, shape-shifting between work routines, football matches, negotiations, dances – in a dynamic that is both playful and uncanny. Over time we discover how Celine’s fate and that of the Soviet are entwined.

Dealing with themes of freedom, care and mental illness, Elsewhere explores the imagined future of a forgotten past.

Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Creative Monaghan, L’Institut Français Paris and La Région Hauts-de-France and supported by Monaghan Arts Office, Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris. With the support of l’Institut français à Paris et la Métropole Européenne de Lille.

La tragédie de Carmen

Based on the opera Carmen (1875) the tragic tale is relived through the music of George Bizet and Marius Constant in this adaptation from Peter Brook and Jean-Claude Carriére.

Conducted by Peter Shannon and directed by John O’Brien, La tragédie de Carmen features the Cara O’Sullivan Associate Artists making their role debut performances in this reimagined classic opera – Cork mezzo-soprano Niamh O’Sullivan as Carmen, Clare tenor Dean Power as Don José, Kildare bass-baritone Rory Dunne as Escamillo, and Wexford soprano Kelli-Ann Masterson as Micaela.

The highly charged music of Bizet is brought to life in this dark and emotional retelling live at Cork Opera House on Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2024. The performers will be accompanied on the evening by an ensemble of 15 players.

The performance is sung in French with English surtitles and spoken word.

Cork Opera House presents an Opera Recital with Dean Power – Culture Night

Cork Opera House introduces the second cohort of Cara O’Sullivan Associate Artists through a series of free recitals in The Blue Angel Hospitality Suite, opening our 2023/24 Opera Season on Culture Night.

Curated and performed by Clare Tenor Dean Power, this 45-minute aria recital showcases the lyrical nuances of the tenor voice with glorious music from the operatic canon.

The Vanbrugh and Marja Gaynor will join Cara O’Sullivan Associate Artist Dean Power under the musical direction of Ciara Moroney for Culture Night 2023 at Cork Opera House

Join us in The Blue Angel Hospitality Suite for music, insight and a post-recital cup of tea with the artist.

Cork Opera House presents Opera Gala in association with Irish National Opera

This Opera Gala introduces the second cohort of the Cara O’ Sullivan Associate Artists, a programme initiated by Cork Opera House in 2021 to honour the life and work of Cork’s gifted coloratura soprano, with the hope of contributing significantly to the future of opera in Cork city, so that generations to come can benefit from her enduring legacy. This Gala evening is free of charge to the public – a gift to the city in Cara O’Sullivan’s name.

The Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra will be conducted on the evening by founding artistic director of Irish National Opera, Fergus Sheil. They will accompany a host of Irish operatic talent in their inaugural performance as Cara O’ Sullivan Associate Artists – Cork Mezzo-Soprano Niamh O’ Sullivan, Dublin Bass-Baritone Rory Dunne, Wexford Soprano Kelli-Ann Masterson and Clare Tenor, Dean Power.

The programme for this Gala evening features many beloved arias and opera favourites such as the famous trio ‘Soave sia il vento’ from Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Nemorino’s wonderfully pensive aria ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ from Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore, Dvořák’s ‘Song to the Moon’ and Saint-Saëns exquisite ‘Mon Coeur s’ouvre à ta voix’.

Online booking is limited to two tickets per booking – for additional tickets please contact our Box Office on 021 427 0022.

Proudly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Irish National Opera presents Verdi’s La traviata

Violetta, a high-spirited, popular courtesan. Alfredo, her devoted but naive lover. The rural bliss they choose is shattered by fear of scandal. When their love reasserts itself, she is already on her deathbed. Opera’s most moving reunion.

Verdi’s La traviata is based on the semi-autobiographical play, La Dame aux camélias (The Lady of the Camellias), by Alexandre Dumas fils. The subject is Dumas’s relationship with Marie Duplessis, someone that composer Franz Liszt once described as the only woman he had ever loved. Verdi’s acute and heart-rending response to a woman who died of TB at the age of 23 has immortalised not just her tragedy, but also her irrepressible character and appeal.

Running time 3 hours with interval.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.