Plans for 2018/19

OCI’s plans for the coming season include the world premiere of Raymond Deane’s new opera VAGABONES.  Based on Emma Donoghue’s stage adaptation of her 1996 radio play TRESPASSES, the work is a fictionalization of the judge’s own account of one of the tiny handful of witch trials that ever took place in Ireland. Set in Youghal, Co Cork, over three days in 1661, the play works as a moving tale of conflicted human emotions and stratagems, while deftly touching on issues of gender, fundamentalism, imperialism and the clash of cultures.

The production will be directed by Ben Barnes and conducted by Sineád Hayes and will see OCI work with the Crash Ensemble for the first time. The performances in September 2019 will take place in Dublin, Dundalk, Youghal & Waterford.

2019 will also see OCI join forces with the Killaloe Chamber Music Festival to present performances of Telemann’s delightful opera PIMPINONE in May.


Opera Collective Ireland continues to provide professional platform for some of Ireland’s finest young singers who are making their mark on the international scene…

Jennifer Davis (Female Chorus – THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA) has made an acclaimed role debut as Elsa in Wagner’s LOHENGRIN at the Royal Opera Covent Garden.

Several singers who have appeared with OCI have featured in Irish National Opera’s first season including Máire Flavin (title role – AGRIPPINA) as the Countess and Amy Ní Fhearraigh (Mrs. Julian – OWEN WINGRAVE) as Barbarina in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO while Sharon Carty (Ottone – AGRIPPINA) appeared in the title role in Gluck’s ORFEO ED EURIDICE.

Padraic Rowan (Lesbo – AGRIPPINA) has made his debut at the Salzburg Festival appearing in Monteverdi’s L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA conducted by William Christie.

Benjamin Russell (title role – OWEN WINGRAVE) has won the third prize in the German category at the Meistersinger von Nürnberg competition this summer.

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