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Find out all about our biggest production yet: our recent production of 'Tosca' at the Grand Opera House in September 2023. Click on the link to find out all about the cast, creatives and chorus, download a programme and read our press and reviews.

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We are Northern Ireland's award-winning national opera company, an arts charity dedicated to the highest standards of opera performance, development of young talent and community outreach and education. Find out more about our productions since our foundation in 2010 via the link.

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Making weekend plans? Come to @themacbelfast tomorrow, Saturday 13 April and immerse yourself in the world of songs from the golden age of music theatre in our staged performance 'Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered' directed by @cameronmenziesdirector You'll hear songs by composers including Gershwin, Sondheim, Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein performed by the brilliant @wendymferguson, @ruthmcginleypianist, Peter Doherty on bass and @gillenthegreat on drumkit. The performance lasts about an hour and tickets are available via the linktree in the bio or at The MAC - come and make this fabulous event part of your Saturday night plans! About The Artists (full details on our webpage) Wendy Ferguson has performed roles in musical theatre productions in the West End, throughout the UK and internationally with roles including Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre London) and Carlotta in The Phantom of The Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre, London). Pianist Ruth McGinley – Artist in Residence at the MAC in 2022 – had already gained widespread recognition as one of Ireland’s leading pianists by the age of 16. Since then, her career has been wide-ranging and daring, collaborating with some of the most acclaimed musicians working today, and straying from the typical classical-pianist journey. John Gillen is a drummer based in Belfast and has been an active member of the local music scene for almost 20 years. A graduate of the Drumtech Master Performance Course in London, John studied under the tutelage of Darryn Farrugia. Peter Doherty has over 40 years experience as MD and He has been the MD for numerous shows including the Ronan Tynan tour 2009, Irish tour of West End production of The Rat Pack, Martin John and the Swing time band. Peter has conducted two operas for North West Opera including Hansel and Gretel and La Boheme. Photo credit @neilharrisonphotography @artscouncilni @nualacampbell @ourbelfastmusic #musictheatre #musicaltheatre #cabaret #opera #singers #vocalists #performance #saturdaynight #weekendplans #nightout #musicalentertainment #belfast #whatsoninbelfast #gershwin #coleporter #bewitchedbotheredandbewildered #rodgersandhammerstein #s
Northern Ireland Opera invites your senior music students to participate in an exciting and inspiring outreach week in The Studio @gohbelfast. This unique educational experience is tailored for senior music students (Years 9-11) and repertoire will include works by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Humperdinck, Puccini, Bizet, Verdi and Britten. Join us as we deliver a week of educational exploration, where students will have the opportunity to deepen their musical understanding and gain insights from industry professionals in the collaborative art form of opera. What to Expect: Monday to Thursday: A wide range of different music and theatre skills workshop activities from Monday to Thursday where students can explore acting, staging, directing, and linguistics, unveiling the multifaceted world of opera. Friday: Collaborative Performance Day Expert-led workshops where participants can showcase their new-found skills, working together with students from other schools. Full details via the linktree in the bio - this week of music and creative workshops is provided free thanks to funding from @westonfdn @artscouncilni and the support of our venue partner @gohbelfast. #schoolworkshops #musicinschools #musiceducation #artscharity #musiccharity #futuretalent #gcsemusic #alevelmusic #secondaryschool #teacherresources #workshops #education #musicstudents #musicteachers #musicdepartment #belfast #northernireland #schoolmusicians #creativeskills #upskilling #sharingskills #creativecareers #theatrecareers #operacareers #musiccareers #musicindustry
It's just a few weeks now until we'll be bringing our brilliant NI Opera Chorus to perform in The Ulster Hall @waterfront_ulster_hall on 18 May! The 35-strong chorus are selected from open auditions in Belfast and receive vocal coaching and training from Northern Ireland Opera over a period of months as we build up to our main stage performance at the @gohbelfast each September. Last year we had the wonderful opportunity to perform a concert in the Harbour Commissioner's Office at @belfastharbour1 and it was such a success that we're bringing this year's Chorus to perform some of opera's best-loved and most exciting choruses in one of Belfast's most historic music venues, The Ulster Hall. Repertoire will included works by Purcell, Wagner, Puccini, Verdi, Tchaikovsky and John Adams. The chorus will be accompanied by pianist @tristanrusscher and conducted by @jamesgrossmith. This concert will also feature conductor @mezzo_margaret, one of NI Opera’s Artists in Development. Tickets are on sale now via The Ulster Hall or the linktree in our bio - £20/£15 concession rate for individual tickets and there is a rate of £5 per ticket too for school and community groups. Find out all the details in the linktree in the bio and book your tickets soon! Images: 1) The NI Opera Chorus performing in 'La Traviata' at The Grand Opera House, with soloists Siobhan Stagg and Noah Stewart as Violetta and Alfredo. Photo credit @neilharrisonphotography 2) The female voices of the NI Opera Chorus performing in The Ulster Hall with soloist Catherine Donnelly in Mendelssohn's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' with the Ulster Orchestra. Photo credit UO and David Kinghan 3) The NI Opera Chorus performing 'Tosca' at The Grand Opera House, photo credit @neilharrisonphotography 4) The NI Opera Chorus performing a concert in the Harbour Commissioner's Office. Photo credit @neilharrisonphotography @artscouncilni @whatsonni @cameronmenziesdirector @ourbelfastmusic #opera #operachoruses #chorusconcert #choir #vocalmusic #belfastevents #bookingnow #may #comingsoon #operacompany #operachorus #puccini #wagner #purcell #verdi #eugeneonegin