New Opera Productions Coming to Dublin

Discover the 3 new Operas coming to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Gaiety Theatre in the upcoming months.

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If you are an Opera fan like us, you will be delighted to discover the incredible new productions coming to Dublin this winter and spring 2020.

With something for everyone, these spectacular new productions of the Irish National Opera aren’t to be missed.

Gioachino Rossini’s ‘Cinderella’ and Georges Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ are coming to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on November 2019 and March 2020, respectively, followed by Mozart’s ‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’ in May 2020 to the Gaiety Theatre.

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“It’s not fair!” The notion of justice is of paramount importance to children, and the key to the appeal of the Cinderella story.  But whatever your favourite version, you will find something uniquely dark, yet sparkling and touchingly redemptive in Rossini’s La Cenerentola.

This production unfolds from the very pages of books and celebrates the idea of literature, of fantasy, of escapism, and most importantly of Goodness Triumphant. The age-old fairytale resonates as much today as it did in times gone by.

The story of Cinderella has been whisked up into an opera many times. But only once with the sparkle and affection of Rossini’s version of 1817. The title role is taken by Tara Erraught, Ireland’s most sought-after singer, who is celebrated for her rich vocal fireworks and dynamic stage presence and is especially acclaimed in the operas of Rossini.


La Cenerentola                       Tara Erraught (mezzo-soprano)

Ramiro                                   Andrew Owens (tenor)

Dandini                                   Riccardo Novaro (baritone)

Don Magnifico                       Graeme Danby (bass)

Alidoro                                   David Oštrek (bass-baritone)

Clorinda                                 Rachel Croash (soprano)

Tsibi                                        Niamh O’Sullivan (mezzo soprano)


Conductor                               Fergus Sheil

Director                                  Orpha Phelan

Set & Costume Designer        Nicky Shaw

Lighting Designer                    Matt Haskins

Irish National Opera Chorus

Irish National Opera Orchestra

Sung in Italian with English surtitles


Sunday 10 November 2019 | Tuesday 12 November 2019 | Thursday 14 November 2019 | Saturday 16 November 2019

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin.TICKETS.




A co-production with Opera Philadelphia and Seattle Opera. In partnership with Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Opera’s great, independent, sexual woman, the gypsy Carmen. Her friends and enemies from a cigarette factory. Her lovers, high and low. A naive corporal and the good girl from home. A handsome bullfighter. Smugglers. Jealousy, and a fatal struggle. Carmen, the most popular French opera, with some of the most alluring arias ever, has it all.

An upright soldier. On duty far from home. The femme fatale from the wrong side of the tracks. Love at first sight. A walk on the wild side. Criminality, a handsome rival,  and a breaking point that leads to tragedy in the scorching Spanish sun. The colourful arias and choruses of Bizet’s Carmen tell it all with irresistible, unforgettable musical panache.


Carmen                                  Paula Murrihy (mezzo-soprano)

Don José                                 Dinyar Vania (tenor)

Escamillo                                Milan Siljanov (baritone)

Micaëla                                  Celine Byrne (soprano)

Zuniga                                    Alan Ewing (bass)

Moralès                                  Gyula Nagy (baritone)

Frasquita                                Rachel Croash (soprano)

Mercédès                               Niamh O’Sullivan (mezzo-soprano)

Remendado                            Eamonn Mulhall (tenor)

Dancaïre                                Brendan Collins (baritone)

Creative Team

Conductor                               Kenneth Montgomery

Director                                  Paul Curran

Set & Costume Designer        Gary McCann

Lighting Designer                   Paul Hackenmueller

Irish National Opera Chorus

RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Sung in French with English surtitles


Sunday 22 March 2020 |  Tuesday 24 March 2020 |  Thursday 26 March 2020 | Saturday 28 March 2020

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin. TICKETS.



The Abduction from the Seraglio

(Die Entführung aus dem serail)

People trafficking across the seas is nothing new. And sex has long been part of its matrix. Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio also deals with conflicts between nationalities and cultures with the lightest and most sophisticated of touches. The exotically colourful score includes some of his most brilliant, extreme and virtuosic arias.


Konstanze                             Claudia Boyle

Belmonte                               Dean Power

Blonde                                    Sarah Power

Pedrillo                                   Andrew Gavin

Osmin                                     Wojek Gierlach


Conductor                             Peter Whelan

Director                                  Caitriona McLaughlin

Designer                                Sarah Bacon

Lighting Designer                Sinéad Wallace

Irish National Opera Chorus

Irish Chamber Orchestra

Sung in German with English surtitles


Tuesday 19 May 2020 | Wednesday 20 May 2020 | Friday 22 May 2020 | Saturday 23 May 2020.

Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. TICKETS.