What is Opera?

Opera is the most complete art form, incorporating visual, audio and physical performances to transport audiences to a different world.

And it’s true, it takes many artists and disciplines to create an opera – singers, dancers, actors, musicians, designers, artists, directors…the list goes on. And the result can be thrilling. Moments of pure emotion, drawing you in, each performance taking you on a new and inspirational journey.

You will often hear opera singers describe themselves as ‘singing actors’. A play in which the characters sing instead of speak, the addition of the orchestra and chorus leads to a huge new emotional landscape that can project love, anger, ecstasy, despair, jealousy and passion - Opera has it all.

Whether it’s a classic production of one of the repertoire’s all-time favourites like Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro...

a ground breaking, multimedia experience of new opera like Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh’s The Second Violinist

or a modern take on a romantic gem like our recent production of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann...

...opera can provide an experience for all tastes, often challenging us to alter our preconceptions and open our minds and our hearts to the moment.

At its core, opera is about humanity. Like all theatre and art, it endeavours to tell a story that we can use to better understand and interpret the world around us, laying bare the highs and lows of the human condition. It’s about people, just like you.