Irish National Opera Launch The INO Studio

Friday, 21 September, 2018
No Fee 5 Irish National Opera Ino Studio

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., today launched Irish National Opera’s new INO Studio.

Irish National Opera began operation in January following an Arts Council dialogue with the opera sector and a detailed review of opera policy and provision in Ireland. To-date the company has presented five productions in nine venues, including performances at the Barbican Theatre in London.

INO Studio is the national opera company’s initial training programme. It will provide professional nurturing and development opportunities for opera professionals — singers, répétiteurs, directors and conductors — who have the potential to become leaders in their field.

Speaking at the launch at Dublin Castle, Minister Madigan said

“INO Studio is a fantastic initiative, futureproofing Opera in Ireland, and bringing it back into the mainstream. While immersed in masterclasses, specially tailored training, mentoring and high-level professional engagement with professionals, the Studio will provide prospective performers with world class training to the highest level.

I know that Fergus Sheil, Artistic Director of INO is extremely excited for the inaugural INO Studio which runs from September 2018 to June 2019.

The involvement of the Goethe Institut is a welcome collaboration adding another layer of professionalism. The Opera Sector is well placed to continue to make a rich and varied contribution to the cultural landscape of Ireland. I wish Irish National Opera and all participants well with this wonderful venture.”

INO’s Artistic Director, Fergus Sheil, said, “Irish National Opera is committed to the professional development and engagement of Irish artists. The INO Studio is an important element in our long-term ambition to develop an infrastructure that will sustain creativity and excellence in opera in Ireland, securing the place of this most exciting art form in our cultural landscape'

Members of INO Studio will be involved in Irish National Opera’s productions, both main-scale and touring. They will sing on-stage in roles or in the chorus, understudy lead roles — enabling them to watch great artists at work — and, for non-singing members, they will join in the often pressured world of opera rehearsals as assistants to conductors, directors and music staff.

Studio members will also benefit from individual coaching, masterclasses and mentorship with leading Irish and international singers and musicians. They will benefit from specific attention to their performance and language skills, the details of stagecraft, and will be assisted in their personal musical development and given professional career guidance. Members will also benefit from Irish National Opera’s national and international contacts and INO Studio will also develop and promote specially tailored events to help the members hone specific skills and showcase their work.

The participants of INO Studio 2018-19 are Sarah Baxter (director), Rachel Croash (soprano), Andrew Gavin (tenor), Sinead Hayes (conductor), Robert McAllister (bass-baritone), Amy Ní Fhearraigh (soprano), Evangelia Rigaki (composer) and Rebecca Warren (répétiteur).

INO’s current national tour of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann runs until Saturday 6 October, and their next production, of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, directed by Enda Walsh opens at the Dublin Theatre Festival on Friday 12 October.

Irish National Opera is funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.