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14-17 February 2024

Cupid's Bow

Love, Lovers and Falling in Love

Cupid's Bow

Celebrate Valentine’s week as Cupid and a host of wonderful and recognisable characters from some of opera’s greatest works come together in a unique performance.

Upon entering the The Studio, now transformed into the glamorous cocktail bar called ‘Cupid’s Bow’, you’ll meet the ever-positive Cupid: god of love, desire and attraction. Cupid runs a bar where some of opera’s most recognisable, famous and infamous characters come to unwind, share their stories and to sing of falling in love, looking for love and falling out of love.

Meet operatic legends, including the Countess from ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, who over a dry martini tells us of her loveless marriage before performing the stunning ‘Dove Sono’.  Watch Escamillo from ‘Carmen’, the greatest show pony of all time, trying to attract his valentine by taking over the cocktail bar with his Karaoke version of ‘The Toreador Song’, while sitting tearily over his stale pale ale. See Nemorino from ‘The Elixir of Love’ pinning for his love Adina, singing ‘Una Furtiva Lagrima’, with many more fabulous heroes, heroines, crones and clowns who bring to life arias, duets, trios and ensembles from some of the most loved operas.

This 90-minute fun-filled pastiche production will take you on an romantic and humorous adventure through comedy, tragedy, love, loss and survival as only opera can– a perfect night out for audiences new and old, especially in Valentine’s Week.

Be swept off your feet during the month of love with ‘Cupid’s Bow’, as Northern Ireland’s national opera company and premier theatre venue join forces to present an unmissable evening of opera in the Grand Opera House Studio.

‘Cupid’s Bow’ is conceptualised and directed by Cameron Menzies.




Conor Quinn

Rachael Heater

Mary McCabe

Mezzo Soprano
Margaret Bridge

Cathal McCabe

Brendan Collins

Tristan Russcher

Creative Team

Cameron Menzies

Hair and Make-Up Design
Nuala Campbell

Lighting Programmer
Anne Marie Langan

Stage Manager
Deirbhile Larkin