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 positions were held at The Hawk's Well Theatre, Audecon Audience Development Agency and Eumark Database Management.

Aoife Daly (Development Manager)

Aoife Daly

Following an undergraduate degree in music at UCD and post-graduate studies in arts management at the University of London, Aoife began her career in the arts in 2007 as Music Administrator at Westminster Cathedral, and was subsequently General Manager of the multi-award-winning vocal ensemble Tenebrae.

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In 2015 she founded Ériu Artist Management, providing consultancy and project management for a range of clients including the vocal ensemble Gallicantus, the Choral Scholars of University College Dublin and the professional choir ORA. Prior to joining Irish National Opera in December 2020, she was the Fundraising and Events Manager for the UK-based charity and record label, Opera Rara.

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 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).

Audrey Keogan (Development Assistant)

Audrey Keogan

Audrey has had an interest in music and the arts from an early age. She holds a teaching diploma from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and is a keen choral singer.

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She has performed with many choirs as both an amateur and professional, including the Irish Youth Chamber Choir, the Choral Scholars of University College Dublin and the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral. Audrey is the choral director of vocal ensemble Ascolta, a self-conducted a cappella group which she founded in 2017. Audrey’s background is in the legal profession, having studied law in University College Dublin and the Law Society of Ireland. Audrey is a qualified solicitor and has worked in two of Ireland’s leading corporate law firms. However, her passion for the arts has led to a career change and she joined the INO team in summer 2021.

Anne Kyle (Stage Manager)

Anne Kyle

Anne holds a BA in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and postgraduate diplomas from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in Stage Management & Technical Theatre and Theatre Administration.

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After moving to Ireland in 1999, she worked as a stage manager for Anna Livia International Opera Festival, Northern Ireland Opera, Opera Ireland, Opera Theatre Company, Wexford Festival Opera and Wide Open Opera as well as theatre companies such as the Abbey Theatre, Druid Theatre Company and Rough Magic Theatre Company.

Anne joined Irish National Opera in September 2021 after thirteen years as a full-time member of the stage management department at the Abbey Theatre.

Patricia Malpas (Project Administrator)

Patricia Malpas

Paddy Jo has worked in Irish theatre for the past 9 years and has held several positions in the Abbey Theatre including New Work Assistant and Production Assistant where she worked on many main stage and Peacock productions.

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She also worked extensively on the Abbey’s 5x5 initiative and Unsolicited Script process. She has experience as a freelance theatre producer in Dublin and has toured award-winning shows to London and Edinburgh. She holds a B.A in English Literature from UCD.

Muireann Ní Dhubhghaill (Artistic Administrator)

Muireann Ní Dhubhghaill

Muireann has worked in administration with the Hallé and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestras. She has also worked as a flautist with the Irish Defence Forces, and a music teacher in schools around Dublin.

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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.


Paula Tierney (Company Stage Manager)

Paula Tierney

A graduate of University College Cork, Paula has worked as company stage manager and stage manager with Opera Theatre Company, Wide Open Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Northern Ireland Opera, Opera Ireland and Buxton Opera Festival.

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Since 1991 she has worked extensively in opera, theatre and dance both in ireland and abroad.

As company stage manager with Druid Theatre Company, Paula worked on numerous productions including The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Walworth Farce, DruidMurphy and DruidShakespeare.

She has toured nationally and internationally with Opera Theatre Company, CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Fishamble, Druid Theatre Company and Rough Magic Theatre Company.

Paula has also worked on numerous corporate events with the GAA, Leinster Rugby, the Ryder Cup and has been venue manager with Kilkenny Arts Festival, Galway International Arts Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival.