The Paris of love and art. A poet, a painter, a musician and a philosopher. Living hand to mouth in a freezing garret. Christmas cheer and a heart won by girl next door. The tragedies of love and poverty. Puccini’s best-loved opera is touching, comic, realistic and romantic, true for any time in which deep bonds can flower in the face of adversity.
Experience the power of Puccini's sublime score in this new concert performance by Irish National opera, featuring celebrated Irish sopranos Celine Byrne and Anna Devin, in the roles of Mimì and Musetta.
Celine Byrne, who won First Prize and gold medal at the Maria Callas International Grand Prix in Athens in 2007, is an INO Artistic Partner and made her company debut in
the title role of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in 2019. Recent performances include Magda in Puccini’s La rondine (Minnesota Opera), Madama Butterfly (Staatstheater Kassel),
Die Marschallin in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (Santiago), Marietta/ Marie in Korngold’s Die tote Stadt (RTÉ NSO), Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Israeli Opera), the title role in Puccini’s Tosca (Mikhailovsky Opera, St Petersburg), Liù in Puccini’s Turandot (Oper Leipzig and Deutsche Oper am Rhein), Elisabeth in Verdi’s Don Carlo (Deutsche Oper am Rhein) and Mimì in La bohème (Hamburg State Opera). She made her operatic debut as Mimì with Scottish Opera in 2010. She made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in Dvořák’s Rusalka in 2012, taking over the role at short notice. She returned to sing First Flower Maiden in Wagner’s Parsifal followed by Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen and was due to perform Liù in Turandot. Engagements lost due to the Covid-19 pandemic include her debut at the Opéra national de Paris, Mimì in La bohème) with Opera Hong Kong and concert appearances in Bangkok with Marcello Alvarez and several concerts with José Carreras, with whom she performs regularly. Future engagements include Liù in Turandot (Oper im Steinbruch at St Margarethen), Madama Butterfly (Bregenz Festival) and Micaëla in Carmen (INO).
Irish National Opera is Ireland’s newest and most enterprising opera company. It champions Irish creativity in its casting, its choice of creative teams and in its commitment to the presentation of new operas.
The company has performed large- scale productions of works from the great operatic canon by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Rossini in the Gaiety and Bord Gáis Energy theatres in Dublin, the National Opera House in Wexford and Cork Opera House. It has also taken touring productions of works by Thomas Adès, Offenbach, Gluck and Vivaldi — the first ever production of a Vivaldi opera in Ireland — to venues in all parts of the country.
INO was formed in January 2018 through the merger of two award- winning companies, Opera Theatre Company and Wide Open Opera. The two companies joined forces in 2017 in response to an Arts Council initiative, and have delivered Ireland its first ever truly national opera company. In its first 24 months of operation Irish National Opera produced 72 performances of 14 different operas in 24 Irish venues, and its long-term target is to visit over 20 Irish venues annually.
INO is committed to taking Irish opera productions abroad. Its FEDORA– Generali Prize winning production of Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh’s The Second Violinist, a co-production with Landmark Productions, has been seen in Galway, Dublin, London and Amsterdam.
INO’s 20 Shots of Opera, 20 short operas that were conceived, composed, recorded and filmed in just six months, showcase the breadth and depth of Irish operatic talent.
The project was praised in The Wall Street Journal as “an exhilarating jaunt through up-to-the-minute creativity” and is available to watch online on irishnationalopera.ie and on operavision.eu. Also available to view online is Mozart’s Seraglio mini-series, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Handel’s Acis and Galatea and the company’s inaugural Gala Concert The Big Bang!. In addition to livestreamed and on- demand offerings, the company responded to restrictions on indoor audiences by presenting work ‘Beyond the stage’. This includes site-specific outdoor performances of Strauss’s Elektra in Kilkenny Arts Festival, street- art operas, outdoor film screenings of Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse in iconic locations including Hook Head Wexford, Valentia Island and Fanad Head, a film of Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, which was streamed jointly by INO and the Royal Opera House, and creating the first virtual reality community opera Out of the Ordinary, which won the FEDORA Digital Prize in June 2021.
The ABL Aviation Opera Studio provides a platform for emerging opera artists in several disciplines. Studio members gave the much- praised world premiere of Evangelia Rigaki’s This Hostel Life in the crypt of Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral in 2019, and they also presented the free, introductory show, The Deadly World of Opera, as part of Dublin City Council’s MusicTown festival.
INO is a member of Opera Europa, FEDORA, and is an Operavision partner.
Funded by the Arts Council