Irish National Opera – Producer
Irish National Opera was founded in 2018 a new company that merged two of Ireland’s most innovative opera producers – Wide Open Opera and Opera Theatre Company. INO’s core mission is to broaden the provision of opera of all types within Ireland, to develop new audiences for the artform and to champion Irish opera performers and creative artists at home and internationally.
In its first year in 2018, Irish National Opera presents seven operas, five of them new productions, performing in thirteen venues throughout Ireland as well as in the Barbican Centre, London. Repertoire spans from baroque to contemporary with productions in large theatres and regional arts centres.
In its commitment to championing Irish artists, Irish National Opera has appointed six leading performers as Artistic Partners; sopranos Claudia Boyle and Celine Byrne, mezzo sopranos Tara Erraught and Sharon Carty, baritone Gavan Ring and conductor Peter Whelan. The company continues Wide Open Opera’s association with composer Donnacha Dennehy and writer/director Enda Walsh and will also announce new works by other Irish artists in the coming years. In 2018 INO will inaugurate a new opera studio for emerging artists.
Irish National Opera’s work is underpinned by strong partnerships with venues, festivals, orchestras and other partners in Ireland. These include Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, National Opera House, Wexford, Cork Opera House, Gaiety Theatre Dublin, Galway International Arts Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, Landmark Productions, NI Opera, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra and Crash Ensemble among others. Its performances are broadcast regularly on RTÉ lyric fm.
Irish National Opera is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, with additional support from Culture Ireland, Dublin City Council and Fedora.