Hitting the high notes: celebrating Irish opera
A chorus of voices heralded the arrival of the new Irish National Opera (INO) yesterday.
Enthusiasts will have access to regular Irish productions of classic opera repertoire this year and beyond - including Verdi's Aida and Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro', with tickets from as low as €15.
Fergus Sheil, artistic director of INO, said there would be a fresh approach to the provision of the art form here.
"Irish National Opera wants to give pride of place to Irish singers and celebrate their work at home in Ireland the way it is celebrated in leading opera houses around the world," he said. "We want to bring our creative talent to venues large and small, to communities around the country, and create thrilling experiences that will attract new audiences to our uniquely multi-faceted art form."
Irish opera stars joined the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra at the National Concert Hall last night for 'The Big Bang!' performance to mark the new direction for INO which is funded by the Art Council.