Wide Open Opera is one of Ireland’s most dynamic opera companies, presenting a range of operatic experiences unique for Irish audiences. Central to all of Wide Open Opera’s work is the championing of Irish artists. In addition to composers and writers, the company has engaged reputable singers such as Miriam Murphy, Imelda Drumm, Majella Cullagh, Daire Halpin, Aoife Miskelly, Claudia Boyle, John Molloy, Sharon Carty, Doreen Curran, Sylvia O’Brien, Emma Nash, Rachel Croash, Sarah Shine, Brendan Collins and many others. Wide Open Opera has been generously funded by the The Arts Council- An Chomhairle Ealaíon, and it has also been sustained by partnership with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Wide Open Opera have also partnered with many other organisations in Ireland such as the NI Opera, Landmark Productions, National Concert Hall, RTÉ lyric fm, DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin City Council, Lime Tree Theatre and Limerick City of Culture.

Wide Open Operamerged with Opera Theatre Company to form the Irish National Opera in 2018.


Artistic Director Fergus Sheil
Producer Gavin O'Sullivan


  • The Second Violinist by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh  ( National & International Tour 2017)

  • The Barber of Seville by Rossini ( National Opera House, Wexford and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, 2016)

  • The Last Hotel by Enda Walsh ( Royal Lyceum Theatre 2015)

  • Nixon in China by John Adams (Bord Gáis Energy Theatre 2014)

  • Things We Throw Away by Brian Irvine ( Dublin City 2014)

  • The Oldest Woman in Limerick by Brian Irvine (Lime Tree Theatre 2014)