Wrapping Up Our Inaugural Year

Wednesday, 19 December, 2018
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It’s been an extraordinary first year for Irish National Opera, quite beyond our wildest dreams. We couldn’t be prouder of the work achieved by all of the singers, creative teams, musicians and technical teams that delivered our eight productions of 2018. Since January, we have performed in thirteen venues nationwide, for over 11,000 people. We even made our first trip abroad to perform for international audiences at the Barbican Theatre, London.

We’re hugely grateful to all of our supporters and partners who have made this year possible. To our community both at home and abroad who have lent their encouragement and to our audiences who have received our work with such enthusiasm, we say a huge THANK YOU! We do hope that you will continue to enjoy our work in 2019 and beyond and support us as we expand our offering of exciting, international quality opera for audiences across Ireland.


As we near the end of 2018, we will be closing applications to our Founders Circle. This is an opportunity for supporters to become part of Irish opera history. For a one-off donation of €1,000, your name will forever be associated with the foundation of Irish National Opera and we will acknowledge you in perpetuity on our website and in our theatre programmes. If you would like to become a member or purchase membership for a friend or family member, you can find details on how to apply on our website here. Applications are open until 31st December. Alternatively, our Head of Corporate Communication and Development, Sarah Freeman, is always available to discuss the Founders Circle or the many other ways that you can support INO. Just contact the office for more information.


We’ll be launching our new Friends and Patrons scheme in addition to our Corporate Sponsorship opportunities in January with offerings to suit everyone, so stay tuned for details on the many ways you can become a part of the INO family as we grow into the future.

We have already announced the first half of our 2019 programme with five operas taking place between January and June of 2019. We start with the return of our Galway International Arts Festival smash hit, Orfeo ed Euridice, for a nationwide tour in February, followed by our second international foray as The Second Violinist travels to Amsterdam in March. March also sees us bring Puccini’s Madama Butterfly to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre with sensational Irish soprano Celine Byrne in the title role. We continue our partnership with the Irish Chamber Orchestra with Peter Whelan conducting The Magic Flute in April with a double cast of extraordinary operatic talent on stage. And finally, we’ll be presenting an exciting new site-specific opera in June. Composed by our INO Studio composer Evangelia Rigaki, This Hostel Life is based on a book of short stories by Nigerian author Melatu Uche Okorie and will be presented in the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

As always you can find full details of our upcoming productions on the website. Tickets are available for purchase now, so treat the opera lover in your life to a night at the opera this Christmas.

From everyone in Irish National Opera…we wish you a very Merry Christmas!