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Our February 2022 production of 'Into The Woods' has won 'Best Production' at The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards - the first time in 25 years that a musical has won the award and only the fourth time an NI production has won this prestigious award. Find out all about the production here.

Into The Woods


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The Salon Series returns to The MAC in Belfast and The Playhouse in Derry/Londonderry this autumn...

Find out all dates and book here.


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

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The Merchant Hotel have generously given us a pair of tickets to give away to one of our followers on Facebook/Instagram to attend our Opera Dinner this Thursday 28th September! The evening starts at 7pm with a glass of bubbles and a selection of canapés and is followed by a six-course dinner in the Rita Duffy Suite at @merchantbelfast, with opera performances between the courses performed by @marymccabesoprano , mezzo @mezzo_margaret , tenor @aj.ohare @brendancollinsbaritone and pianist @tristanrusscher. To enter, email us at and tell us what city Puccini’s opera ‘Tosca’ is set in. Entries close at midday on Wednesday 27th September: the winner will be selected at random in a draw and will be informed by email and announced by 6pm on Wednesday 27th September. Please ensure you put ‘Opera Dinner Competition’ in the subject line and that your contact details include a telephone number in the body of the message. Terms and conditions: One entry per person: all entrants must be over 18 years of age. If you are the lucky winner, you and your guest must be over 18 years of age. The event will take place in The Merchant Hotel in Belfast and travel to or from the venue is not included in this prize. There will be a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival but alcohol or drinks during the meal are not included in the event or in these prize tickets. Please advise The Merchant of any food allergies – The Merchant cannot guarantee that their dishes will be completely allergen free. Please note, on the evening you will be seated as a pair with other guests at tables of 10. Unfortunately The Merchant do not have the capacity to seat groups separately. This prize cannot be redeemed for money, transferred or sold onwards - only the named winner and a guest will be admitted to the event. @cameronmenziesdirector #operadinner #belfast #themerchant
Our next opera production is less than a month away! On 19th October, join us at @themacbelfast for a fully staged production of Poulenc's gripping one-woman, one-act opera, 'La Voix Humaine' performed by @marymccabesoprano and @davidquigleypianist and directed by @cameronmenziesdirector. 'La Voix Humaine' is based on a play of the same name written by Jean Cocteau, who directed the first production in 1959. We eavesdrop and watch as a woman receives a phone call from her lover. Over the course of 50 minutes, her life unravels as he tells her he is in love with someone else and ends their relationship. Her mood moves from tenderness to neediness and anguish, brilliantly expressed by Poulenc’s music. It’s a powerful, emotional work, with a perspective seen from just one side of a relationship that is ending in real time. We feel for ‘Elle’ and go through all the emotions with her as her life falls apart in an intense but universal story of heartbreak and loss. Find out more and book now via the link in the bio! Photo credit: @neilharrisonphotography Styling: @cameronmenziesdirector Gown: @lindabritten Wigs and Make-Up @nualacampbell Photo location: @hillsboroughcastle @artscouncilni @belfastmusic_scene #whatson #SalonSeries #whatsoninoctober #octoberevents #northernireland #culture #frenchmusic #frenchculture #poulenc #oneactopera #onewomanopera #cocteau #jeancocteau #francispoulenc #soprano #operasingersofinstagram #operalife #operafan #tryopera #womenontheedgeofanervousbreakdown #almodovar #frenchculture #frenchopera #belfast #booknow