The Irish National Opera

The Irish National Opera has been running since 2017 and is set to make 2020 their most spectacular year yet. Their new season is running form July 2019 to May 2020 and are continuing their mission of bringing more Opera's to the stages around Ireland and providing a platform for the Opera singers and practitioners. 

What is the Irish National Opera?

Irish Opera was Ireland's first permanent National Opera Company. The company was established in its final form in 1985 as the Dublin Grand Opera Company Ltd., from 1996 until its demise in 2010 it was known as Opera Ireland. During its existence it was based at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre.

The project was restarted in 2017 with the formation of a new Irish National Opera. The Irish National Opera officially launched in January 2018 with a production of Thomas Adès's chamber opera Powder Her Face.

In January 2018 thirty-eight performances and seven productions were announced. Thirty-nine performances and eight productions were actually produced. In the first six months of 2019 there was thirty-two performances of five different works and the company made its continental European debut in Amsterdam in March.

The Irish National Opera works hard to make Opera as accessible to as many people as possible, by preforming as many productions as they can in as many venues as they can across Ireland and overseas. 

What's on?

There are plenty of shows at the Irish National Opera, with something for everyone. 

With Hansel and Gretel finishing up on the 7th of March in Letterkenny, the fantastic masterpiece 'Carmen' is set to take place in our very own Bord Gais Energy Theatre, from the 22nd of March. 

The alluring story of Carmen tells of a sexual and independent woman who meets a handsome young bullfighter and falls in love. A story of love that leads to tragedy, friendship and rivalry all under the scorching Spanish sun. This particular opera is spoken and sung in Spanish, but don't worry, the surtitles are helpfully supplied in English too, so that you don't miss any of the twists and turns that this enchanting story takes. 

The run time for Carmen is approximately 3 and a half hours, with two intervals, and is on show on the 22nd, 24th, 26th and 28th of March, all in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. 

After 'Carmen', the Irish National Opera are set to bring 'The Abduction of Seraglio' to the stage in Dublin's Gaiety Theatre on the 19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd of May. Being sung in German, this Opera also has surtitles accompanying it. 

For more information on 'The Abduction of Seraglio', click here. 

The Irish National Opera at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre 

'Carmen' is being brought to life at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre for the 22nd, 24th, 26th and 28th of March. The Irish National Opera aims to bring their shows to as many venues across Ireland as they can. With the Bord Gais Energy Theatre just a ten-minute walk from our doorstep, we are the perfect place for anyone to stay when going to see the phenomenal 'Carmen' on stage.

The Grand Canal Hotel offers some amazing value Theatre Packages with tickets for the theatre, overnight accommodation, pre show early bird dinner and full Irish breakfast included. For more information on how to avail of these packages, click here.

Or to see our available rooms and rates for these dates, simply click here. 


Stay At The Grand Canal Hotel

We are just a ten-minute walk to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, making us the ideal place to stay when you are going to the spectacular showing of 'Carmen'.

Book one of our fabulous guest bedrooms for an enjoyable and relaxing visit to Dublin. Enjoy high speed Wi-fi, Lavazza Coffee Machine, and complimentary bottled water on arrival, as well as free parking if you book with us directly, and enjoy being as close as you can to your evening show of 'Carmen' from the Irish National Opera. 

With the Grand Canal Dock Station right on our doorstep, and plenty of buses surrounding us, we are right at the heart of Dublin City, making it as easy as possible to make your way around the city at your leisure during your stay. 

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