We are delighted to announce our valued partnership with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra who have started to perform for our forthcoming productions. Together with the Conservatory of music and The Royal Irish Academy of Music, who are also in partnership with Lyric Opera. We strive to continue to nurture young Irish Singers and musicians, which is the hallmark and philosophy of this forward looking company. We will continue to increase standards and our repertoire and to bring top class opera at affordable prices to the people of Ireland.
Lyric Opera Productions was established in Kilkenny in 1994 by Vivian Coates, as a young opera company bringing popular opera to Irish audiences at affordable prices. In the past 20 years it has grown from single performances of semi staged works, to main scale proscenium arch productions in Dublin and Belfast. The company presents 3 operas each season, with 2-3 performances of each production.
Lyric Opera is in partnership with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, an orchestra of international renown. All productions are accompanied by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, under the baton of visiting international conductors.
At the heart of Lyric Opera's ethos is the nurturing and presentation of young Irish artists. Partnerships are in place with both the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the DIT Conservatory of Music, whereby training professionals join the company and progress through from chorus to minor roles, and on to leading roles. Many of Ireland's leading opera artists began their careers on the stage with Lyric Opera - Claudia Boyle, John Malloy, Dean Power, Imelda Drumm, Nicki Sharky, Sharon Carty and Miriam Murphy among them.
Lyric Opera also presents international artists - many of them for their Irish debuts. Cheryl Barker, Peter Coleman Wright, Stanislav Shvets, Louis Otey, Anoosha Gorlesorki, Jee Hyun Lim, Anne Mason, Jean Glennon, Nancy Yuen, Mark Holland, Michael Wade Lee, Yannick Muriel Noah and Ramaz Chikvalatze have all taken the stage in Lyric Opera productions over the years.
Since 2011 all productions have been recorded and broadcast by RTÉ Lyric fm nationally and streamed over the internet to an international audience. Future productions will also be made available by RTÉ Lyric fm to the European Broadcasting Union for transmission on national broadcast channels.
Founder Vivian Coates remains at the helm as Artistic Director of Lyric Opera. Renowned as an opera director and designer, his dedication to opera in Ireland cannot be overstated. This passion was recognised by the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in 2007 when he awarded Mr Coates a Knighthood for his contribution to opera in Ireland. Dr. Veronica Dunne is the Patron of Lyric Opera. Dr. Dunne is also a leading force in Irish opera having trained and mentored many of our great Irish opera singers.
Lyric Opera is largely self funding, with a loyal audience, friends and supporters. In 2012 Lyric Opera received funding from the Arts Council of Ireland to present a production of AIDA at the Gaiety Theatre. A hugely successful production, it has opened a new chapter in the development of this vibrant Irish company — and bodes well for the future of Lyric Opera.