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Opera in the Open

Opera in the Open is an initiative of Dublin City Council that presents live performances of operatic work in the open air in Dublin City Centre

This much loved annual opera season takes place for the first 4 Thursdays of the month of August at the Dublin City Council Civic Office Amphitheatre, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

Each performance of opera is undertaken in an abridged format, is narrated in English and lasts one hour during lunchtime from 1 to 2pm. There is no fee for attending these performances.

The Amphitheatre includes a raised stage, a seated area and grass verges which are ideal for a picnic lunch.  The Amphitheatre is easily accessible from Winetavern Street and space is made available for wheelchair users. 

Opera in the Open proves, beyond a doubt, that there is a significant audience for opera in Dublin. Nestled in the heart of the city, what better way to soak up this beautiful summer in Dublin than to catch an aria or two at lunchtime every Thursday during the month of August. 

The 2018 programme details are below and everyone wishing to keep up to date with the season should log onto:  Opera in the Open on Facebook

Don Giovanni (Mozart) - 1pm August 2nd Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

Don Giovanni - Simon Morgan  Leporello - Rory Dunne Donna Anna - Sylvia O’Brien

Donna Elvira - Sandra Oman Don Ottavio - Declan Kelly Zerlina - Maria McGrann

Masetto - Peer Manning Comendatore -

Director: Eoin Cannon Musical Director: David Wray

Hansel & Gretel (Humperdinck) - 1pm August 9th Engelbert Humperdinck

Hansel - Sarah Kilcoyne Gretel - Naho Koizumi Mother/Witch - Sandra Oman

Father - Simon Morgan Dew Fairy - Maria McGrann

Director: Eoin Cannon Musical Director: David Wray

L’Heure Espagnol (Ravel) - 1pm August 16th Maurice Ravel

Concepción - Sandra Oman Torquemada - James Nelson Ramiro - Simon Morgan

Gonzalve - Fearghal Curtis Don Iñigo Gomez - Rory Dunne

Director: Morgan Crowley Musical Director: David Wray

Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) - 1pm August 23rd Gaetano Donizetti

Lucia - Sylvia O’Brien Edgardo - Richard Shaffrey Alicia - Sarah Kilcoyne

Raimondo - Rory Dunne Enrico - Simon Morgan Arturo - Oisín O’Dálaigh

Director: Morgan Crowley Musical Director: David Wray