In a year of challenges and upheaval, Irish National Opera’s 20 Shots of Opera turns a spotlight on creativity and makes 2020 a year to remember for positive reasons. Conceived, composed, recorded and filmed in just six months, these 20 short operas showcase the breadth and depth of Irish operatic talent.

Over 160 opera professionals from all corners of the artform contributed to 20 Shots of Opera: composers, writers, conductors, directors, designers, animators, singers, actors, orchestral musicians, audio, visual and technical experts. The project allowed Irish National Opera to deepen its relationship with many well-loved artists as well as forging new creative partnerships.

This is opera at its most vibrant, with something to say on a huge range of topics; finding human connection, dealing with rejection, grief, illness and death, coping with psychological challenges, protecting the environment, living off-grid, pandemic dating, wetsuits, latex gloves, superspreaders, Beethoven’s laundry, microbiology and doughnuts.

Creating these 20 operas has been a voyage of discovery and joy for all involved. We hope you enjoy watching them.

Filmed on location at
Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Presented in collaboration with the
RTÉ Concert Orchestra

With support from
RTÉ Supporting the Arts

Irish National Opera is funded by the Arts Council