Orpha Phelan | Director


Orpha Phelan

La bohème


Based in London, Orpha Phelan hails from Co. Kilkenny. She has recently been nominated for best director in the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. Her latest productions, of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale for INO and Félicien David’s Lalla-Roukh for Wexford Festival Opera, were also nominated for best opera at the same award ceremony. She has also directed Rossini’s La Cenerentola for INO (nominated for best production in the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2019), Bernstein’s A Quiet Place for Opera Zuid, Netherlands (Place de l’Opéra award for best opera production), Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face (winner Reumart Award best opera production in 2016) and Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking (winner Reumart Award best opera 2017) for The Royal Danish Opera and The Norwegian Opera. She has also directed Britten’s Billy Budd and Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Opera North/Opera Australia, Janáček’s Jenůfa, Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Bock’s Fiddler on the Roof and Puccini’s La bohème for Malmö Opera, Beethoven’s Fidelio for Longborough Festival Opera, Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights for Opéra national de Lorraine, Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites for RNCM, Michael Zev Gordon’s Raising Icarus for Barber Opera and Mozart’s Così fan tutte for Opera Theatre Company.

June 2023