Founded in only 2010, Northern Ireland Opera is Northern Ireland’s award winning national opera company, and widely acclaimed as one of the most exciting operatic start-ups in UK and Irish history. With a philosophy of artistic excellence and risk-taking, underpinned by a bold and imaginative approach to programming and productions, Northern Ireland Opera is committed to the idea of opera as a uniquely enriching ‘total’ art form and one which should be open to everyone: through a modern but accessible production style, an emphasis on local participation and young people, and inexpensive ticket prices, the company has broadened the audience for opera in a region where there has been historic under-provision for the art form – and where the arts are uniquely placed to foster relations between communities. In only six years, the company’s energy, ideas and high artistic standards have led to both national critical acclaim and an international profile.
To provide the highest-quality opera to the widest possible audience.
Northern Ireland Opera aims to promote the best of Irish talent, engaging with local communities and young people, closely collaborating with other Northern Ireland arts organisations, and using some of the province’s most iconic spaces for its performances. It is determined to build up an international profile for the company, recognising the unique source of pride an opera company can be to any region, and the benefits that are generated in global partnerships.
“Northern Ireland Opera is one of the best things to happen to the operatic scene in a long time”