Fergus Sheil | Conductor


Fergus Sheil

This Season

The Big Bang!, Aida


Fergus has worked for all major Irish opera companies and has conducted a wide-ranging repertoire of 34 different operas. Highlights include Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, John Adams’s Nixon in China, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (Wide Open Opera), Mozart’s Don Giovanni and, in 2017, the first modern performance of Robert O’Dwyer’s Irish-language opera, Eithne (Opera Theatre Company).

In the orchestral field he has appeared with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and many other orchestras at home and abroad. He has toured the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra throughout Ireland in Beethoven’s Choral Symphony and Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony. As a choral conductor he has worked with the State Choir Latvija (giving the world premiere of Arvo Pärt’s The Deer’s Cry) and the BBC Singers.

Internationally he has fulfilled engagements in the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, the UK, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Malta and Estonia.

Fergus is the founding artistic director of Irish National Opera. Previously he led both Wide Open Opera (which he founded in 2012) and Opera Theatre Company. Since 2011 he has been responsible for the production of 30 different operas, which have been seen around Ireland as well as internationally in London, Edinburgh, New York and Luxembourg.