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2014/15 SEASON


Richard Strauss

“A fine, startling achievement that confirms Northern Ireland Opera’s growing status as a force to be reckoned with, and marks out Belfast itself as a place to be for cutting-edge music theatre” – ★★★★

The Guardian

“A fine company achievement, astounding for Northern Ireland Opera in its short career”

The Sunday Times

“Another bold achievement by Northern Ireland  Opera”– ★★★★

The Times

“Northern Ireland Opera has built a considerable reputation in recent years for sparky, edgy work that engages with native musicians and creates a bit of a splash”– ★★★★

The Telegraph

“It’s hard to praise Giselle Allen enough”

Opera Now

“One of the bravest operatic start-ups ever to work in Ireland”

The Irish Times

“Northern Ireland Opera’s production by Oliver Mears missed nothing in presenting the stark, often disturbing and unsettling nature of this opera”– ★★★★★

Belfast Telegraph

“As usual Northern Ireland  Opera have found a way to make an often stuffy, yawn-inducing and elitist art form sexy, dangerous and accessible”

Culture Northern Ireland


Giselle Allen

Michael Colvin

Robert Hayward

Heather Shipp

Narraboth/Second Nazarene
Adrian Dwyer

The Page
Carolyn Dobbin

First Jew
Paul Curievici

Second Jew
Nick Sales

Third Jew
David Lynn

Forth Jew
Conor Breen

Fifth Jew
Cormac Lawlor

First Nazarene
Brendan Collins

First Soldier
Padraic Rowan

Second Soldier/A Cappadocian
Rory Musgrave

Hayley Chilvers

Creative Team

Nicholas Chalmers

Oliver Mears

Set & Costume Designer
Annemarie Woods

Movement Director
Anna Morrissey

Lighting Designer
Kevin Treacy

Répétiteur / Assistant Conductor
Ian Ryan

Assistant Director
Danielle Urbas

Fight Director
Michael Poynor