IRISH singer Julie Feeney is going through an "intense" time in her life – but only because she is up to her eyes with her first-ever opera production.
The acclaimed composer, song-writer and singer has turned her hand to a very different form of music for the first time in her life.
But Julie said she has been sticking to her musical preferences when composing her new opera, Bird, which should be ready for release next year.
"I am in the middle of writing so it is all very intense and heavy at the moment," Julie told the Diary.
"It's going into production next year so I'm writing that and writing my fourth album, which will also be out next year.
"It will be close enough to my album. It is opera, but it is definitely not obscure, it is accessible."
Julie, who enjoyed a break from writing in the Morrison Hotel last week, has already sold out a performance of the co-commissioned production during the Dublin Theatre and Galway Arts festival.
"We presented parts of it (the opera), but this will be the real thing," Julie said.
Julie is back to her quirky music roots after taking part in RTE music show The Hit last summer, which was won by Dublin singer Finbar Furey.
"That's the only time that I have ever done something that wasn't my sound," musician Julie explained.