• Peter Maxwell Davies
  • November - December 2021
  • Nationwide

The Lighthouse

A Scottish lighthouse goes dark. A visiting supply ship finds the building in order.

But the keepers have vanished without trace. Three singers in multiple roles explore the psychological state of the fractious men, relive an official investigation and project a supernatural explanation. The composer, who based the structure of the opera on the Tower of the Tarot, leaves no simple answers. Based on an actual event in December 1900.

“a work that never ceases to amaze” - The Stage

Sung in English with English subtitles

Approximate duration: 70 minutes with no interval

Free PRE-PERFORMANCE TALKS to take place one hour before the performance at selected venues. More information can be found here.


“one of those singers whose pleasure in plying his craft onstage is almost palpable to his audience” - The Irish Times On John Molloy
“a consistent treat, his lyric tenor carrying a potent ring” - Opera on Gavan Ring
“standout contributions from the baritone Ben McAteer” - Gramophone on Ben McAteer

Cast and Creative Team


Officer 1/Sandy Gavan Ring
Officer 2/Blazes Ben McAteer
Officer 3/Arthur/Voice of the Cards John Molloy

Creative Team

Conductor Elaine Kelly
Director Edwina Casey
Set & Costume Designer Annemarie Woods
Lighting Designer Sinéad Wallace
Répétiteur David Leigh
Irish National Opera Orchestra

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