The Irish Arts Council has announced the merger of Opera Theatre Company and Wide Open Opera to become its ‘preferred provider of main-scale opera in Dublin’, from 2018.
Both companies have Fergus Sheil as artistic director. The Arts Council says the merger ‘will result in the return to the Dublin stage, after a gap of some eight years, of regular Irish productions of the great operatic repertoire.’
Irish singers are hailing the move as a breakthrough and a blessing.
Any chance of some matching blue-sky thinking in England?
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin