Northern Ireland Opera

| April 26, 2017

Following on from another hugely successful year for the company, Northern Ireland Opera is delighted to announce its new 2016/17 season.

Highlights of the season include a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Belfast’s Grand Opera House, the Irish première of Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face with Opera Theatre Company, a concert performance of Puccini’s La bohème in partnership with the Ulster Orchestra, and the Irish première of Handel’s Radamisto with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, which will tour throughout Ireland.

Oliver Mears, Artistic Director, Northern Ireland Opera, said:

“We are very excited to announce Northern Ireland Opera’s new season, which will present two of the most celebrated works in the operatic repertoire alongside two Irish premieres. Now in its sixth year, Northern Ireland Opera has cemented its place as one of the UK’s most exciting and innovative opera companies, and we hope this new season will continue to put Northern Ireland on the map as a centre for operatic excellence. We are delighted to maintain our collaborations with arts organisations both north and south of the border to bring audiences across Ireland opera productions of the highest quality, showcasing the best in national and international talent, whilst maintaining our remit of affording real opportunities to aspiring young Irish singers.”

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added:

“Northern Ireland Opera is one of our best artistic companies whose work truly celebrates and champions the quality of the arts sector here regionally, nationally and internationally. The Arts Council is proud to support this innovative organisation who continue to provide high-quality programming, invaluable developmental opportunities for local singers and excellent outreach programmes. Congratulations to all in developing this terrific new season.”

For more information on Northern Ireland Opera’s new season please visit

Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Northern Ireland Opera present a thrilling new production of Mozart’s greatest opera in Belfast’s Grand Opera House. Featuring some of Mozart’s most glorious and ravishing music, this production has an outstanding international and Irish cast that includes leading Northern Irish soprano Aoife Miskelly, together with the Northern Ireland Opera chorus and the Ulster Orchestra in the pit. Directed by Oliver Mears, designed by Annemarie Woods and conducted by Nicholas Chalmers, the team behind Salome and Macbeth, this spectacular production of Mozart’s comic and dramatic masterpiece will be one of the highlights of 2016.

Sung in English.

Powder Her Face by Thomas Adès

Northern Ireland Opera and Opera Theatre Company present the Irish première of Thomas Adès’ extraordinary modern opera Powder Her Face. A worldwide hit since it was first performed, and now a modern classic, Powder Her Face is an acerbic black comedy recounting the sordid affairs and scandalous divorce of the infamous Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. Directed and designed by the award-winning Antony McDonald (The Importance of Being Earnest), Powder Her Face stars soprano Giselle Allen (Tosca, Salome) as the Duchess.
A co-production between Northern Ireland Opera and Opera Theatre Company.
Irish première.

Contains adult material. Suitable for ages 16+.

La bohème by Giacomo Puccini

Northern Ireland Opera, collaborating with regular partner the Ulster Orchestra, present a very special concert performance of Puccini’s iconic opera La bohème as part of the orchestra’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Conducted by the Ulster Orchestra’s Chief Conductor Rafael Payare and with the Belfast Philharmonic Choir, this performance will include a cast of soloists drawn from across Northern Ireland and Ireland, including Giselle Allen.
In partnership with the Ulster Orchestra.
Concert Performance. Sung in Italian.

Radamisto by George Frideric Handel

Following the success of Northern Ireland Opera and Irish Youth Opera’s Agrippina (winner of the ‘Best Production’ Award at the Tiger Dublin Fringe 2015), Northern Ireland Opera continues their outstanding partnership with the Irish Chamber Orchestra to present the Irish première of Handel’s masterpiece Radamisto, a story of lust, political intrigue, and the fight for power. This production will see Northern Ireland Opera reunited with one of Ireland’s leading opera conductors, David Brophy (Turandot), conducting the Irish Chamber Orchestra, alongside the award-winning creative team of Director Oliver Mears, Designer Annemarie Woods (recently nominated for the Designer Award at 2016’s prestigious International Opera Awards), and Lighting Designer Kevin Treacy.
A co-production between Northern Ireland Opera and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Irish première. Sung in English.

Festival of Voice

Northern Ireland Opera returns to the historic coastal village of Glenarm in Co. Antrim for the sixth annual Festival of Voice. This year’s festival, in partnership with BBC Radio 3, includes a recital with Belfast soprano Aoife Miskelly and Warrenpoint baritone Aaron O’Hare (winner of the 2015 Festival of Voice), the Glens of Antrim Singing Explorers, a week-long programme of activities for local school children introducing them to opera, and the Festival of Voice 2016 Gala Final, featuring five of the brightest young talents from across Ireland competing for the coveted title of Northern Ireland Opera’s Voice of 2016.

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