In Focus

Get the inside track on opera.


...Beethoven struggled for years with his great freedom opera, Fidelio? He wrote no less than four overtures for it, and always preferred to call it by its original name, Leonore.

...Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground has a cast of just seven, but they perform 53 roles, involving 76 costume changes, all in just 54 and a half minutes? Only Alice remains Alice all the way through.

...In rehearsal for the first production of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, the singer in the title role was so persuasive with Act II’s insults (“Obscene and unworthy prostitute...Vile bastard”) that a fight ensued between the two queens. In the event, after a real Queen, Maria Cristina, attended a dress rehearsal, she identified so strongly with Mary Queen of Scots’ fate that performance of the opera was forbidden.

Delve deeper into the background of opera with Irish National Opera’s free In Focus series. Each event takes a closer look at an opera in INO's season, exploring the music and the context in which it was created.


William Tell...In Focus 3 November 2022
Rosenkavalier...In Focus 2 March 2023
Werther...In Focus 20 April 2023
Così fan Tutte...In Focus 16 May 2023

Remaining booking details to be announced soon.