Our Team


James Bingham (INO Studio and Outreach Producer)

James Bingham

James Bingham has worked as project co-ordinator in the education department at Glyndebourne, and as a choral delivery artist for Leeds-based Opera North where he conducted around a thousand children a week on a variety of different projects for the company.

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He has been described by the Sunday Times as ‘unashamedly messianic’ about classical music inclusion and accessibility. In November 2018 James joined the team at Irish National Opera as their Studio and Outreach producer, aiming to build a wide a variety of projects to engage new audiences with operas. James has worked as a freelance choral conductor and animateur for organisations including Brighton Festival Youth Choir, Sheffield Cathedral, Only Boys Aloud and The National Children’s Choir of Great Britain. He holds an MA in choral conducting from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama where he studied with BBC chorus master, Neil Ferris. He also blogs at senseofpitch.com and was one of four finalists in the 2018 h100 Young Influencer of the Year Award in association with The Hospital Club and The Arts Desk. James also currently sings as a tenor with New Dublin Voices.

Sorcha Carroll (Marketing Manager)

Sorcha Carroll

Sorcha has a background in the Arts having worked with dha ean Theatre Company, Corcadorca Theatre Company, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company & Graffiti Theatre Company.

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Sorcha has an MA in Modern Drama Studies (UCD), a BSC in Management (TCD) and AdvDip Marketing (DIT), and she completed an Audience Development Cert Management Practice PT (Ulster University)in 2015, Previous PR & Marketing postitions were held at The Hawk's Well Theatre, Audecon Audience Development Agency and Eumark Database Management.

Diego Fasciati (Executive Director)

Diego Fasciati

Diego Fasciati is an accomplished arts producer and consultant with over 25 years’ experience working in the cultural sector. 

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Originally from Switzerland he has held executive positions at Boston Lyric Opera Opera Theatre Company The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Rough Magic Theatre Company. He occasionally uses his linguistic skills as a freelance translator. He holds an M.Phil. in Irish Literature from Trinity College Dublin.

Sarah Freeman (Head of Corporate Communications & Development)

Sarah Freeman

Sarah has over 15 years communications, media and policy formulation experience. She has worked in the RTÉ Newsroom as a radio and online journalist as well as in the RTÉ Television Press Office.

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With both a PR agency and in-house background, she has wide experience in stakeholder collaboration and policy development with a variety of organisations.Most recently, Sarah worked as Director of Policy and Communications for Chambers Ireland where she was involved in formulating policy and communications strategies for the business lobbying organisation. As a freelance journalist she has contributed features to The Irish Times, The Sunday Business Post and In Business Magazine. She also practised as a barrister for 8 years.

Sarah Halpin (Digital Communications Manager)

Sarah Halpin

Sarah is a classically trained musician now working in digital communications. She has a BMus in music performance from the Royal Academy of Music, London, an MMus in music performance from DIT and a diploma in marketing and management from DIT.

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Sarah joined Irish National Opera in June 2018 after two years working on the digital team at Edelman PR, one of the world's largest marketing communications firms, developing and implementing digital communications strategies for clients such as Irish Distillers, Mars Ireland Foods and Pfizer.

Cate Kelliher (Business and Finance Manager)

Cate Kelliher

Cate Kelliher has more than 18 years’ experience in the cultural sector. She worked as Director of Development at Rubicon Gallery covering all national and international events and exhibition with particular responsibility for client communication and support and for all financial management and reporting.

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She joined Opera Theatre Company in 2014 where she was responsible for the financial, contractual and reporting function on all productions. She holds a Bsc. Hons. in Human Resource Management & Certificate in Marketing (DIT).

Claire Lowney (Development & Marketing Assistant)

Claire Lowney

Claire has over 10 years’ experience in the cultural sector in both Ireland and the UK.

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She has held positions at The Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery based within the University of Glasgow, Mulberry Bank Auction House, Citizens Theatre and Scottish Opera where she managed the marketing for the company’s touring productions. She holds an MLitt in Decorative Arts and Design History from University of Glasgow. Claire joined the Irish National Opera team in April 2019.

Muireann Ní Dhubhghaill (Artistic Administrator)

Muireann Ní Dhubhghaill

Muireann has worked in administration with the Hallé and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestras, and is currently Project Manager with the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble.

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She has also worked as a flautist with the Irish Defence Forces, and a music teacher in schools around Dublin.

Muireann holds a MMus from the Royal Northern College of Music, and an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from UCD.

Gavin O'Sullivan (Head of Production)

Gavin O'Sullivan

Gavin has worked as an opera and music producer, orchestral contractor, concert manager, and music editor.

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A member of the team at the National Concert Hall, Dublin between 1998 and 2011, Gavin was House Manager and also worked in programming, with responsibility for NCH own promotions and special projects.

Gavin has been Director of the Sundays at Noon Concert Series at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane for over 20 years. This weekly series has run since 1976, and is recognised for its support and promotion of both contemporary Irish composers and performers.

Other work has included managing and producing festivals (including Great Music in Irish Houses, the Clandeboye Festival, and New Music Dublin), touring orchestras internationally (Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra and Camerata Ireland), producing choral and early music projects around Ireland with the choir Resurgam, and contracting orchestras for soundtrack recordings.

Since 2012, he has worked primarily as project manager for the orchestra Camerata Ireland touring throughout Europe, the US, China and South America, and as executive producer for Wide Open Opera presenting new opera productions at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Gaiety Theatre, National Opera House Wexford and internationally at the Edinburgh Festival, The Royal Opera House, St Ann’s Warehouse NY and the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg.

Fergus Sheil (Artistic Director)

Fergus Sheil

Fergus Sheil is Artistic Director of Irish National Opera.  He has produced many opera, choral and orchestral events, large and small, throughout Ireland and internationally.

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Fergus worked for Opera Theatre Company as conductor for The Lighthouse (1998 & 2001), La cenerentola (2003) and The Marriage of Figaro (2010) before becoming Artistic Director of the company in 2013. Since then he has also conducted The Elixir of Love (2014), Rigoletto (2015) and Don Giovanni (2016) in addition to his artistic oversight of all of the company’s productions. 

While Artistic Director of Wide Open Opera Fergus conducted Tristan und Isolde (2012), Raymond Deane’s The Alma Fetish (2013), Nixon in China (2014), Brian Irvine’s Things We Throw Away and The Barber of Seville (2016) as well as working on co-productions of  major new works such as Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest (with NI Opera) and Donnacha Dennehy’s The Last Hotel (with Landmark Productions).

Fergus has previously worked for Opera Ireland, Wexford Festival Opera, NI Opera, Lyric Opera Productions, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera. For Carlow Local Authorities, he produced the opera Shelter Me From the Rain by Brian Irvine (music) and John McIlduff (text) in 2011, the first local authority commissioned opera in Ireland.

Fergus has taken the RTÉ NSO on tour in Ireland with major repertoire such as Beethoven Symphony No 9 (Choral), Mahler Symphony No 2 (Resurrection). He has also involved the orchestra in community and youth initiatives such as Rain Falling Up (2012) and Bluebottle (2014) by Brian Irvine (music), John McIlduff (text) and Matthew Robins (visuals). Fergus has also conducted the Ulster Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. As well as performances at home, Fergus has conducted in USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, UK, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia and Portugal.