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Get the inside track on Beethoven’s 'Fidelio' with Irish National Opera.

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Did you know… Beethoven struggled for years with his great freedom opera, Fidelio? He wrote no less than four overtures for it, and always preferred to call it by its original name, Leonore.

Join us for Fidelio in Focus, an introduction to Beethoven’s Fidelio delivered by director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Deborah Kelleher. This event will take a deeper look at the opera, exploring the music and the context in which it was created.

This event is designed to give a deeper understanding of Beethoven’s Fidelio which will enhance the experience of the live performances taking place at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, from 7-13 November. However, it is equally of value to those with a more general interest in musical and cultural history.

The event will last for approximately 1 hour and will be available to access online.

Access details will be provided on the day of the event via email.

For information on live performances of Fidelio at the Gaiety Theatre visit our website here.

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Irish National Opera is Ireland’s newest opera company. It champions Irish creativity in its casting, its choice of creative teams and in its commitment to the presentation of new operas. 

The company has performed large-scale productions of works from the great operatic canon by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Rossini in the Gaiety and Bord Gáis Energy theatres in Dublin, the National Opera House in Wexford and Cork Opera House. It has also taken touring productions of works by Thomas Adès, Offenbach, Gluck and Vivaldi — the first ever production of a Vivaldi opera in Ireland — to venues in all parts of the country.

INO was formed in January 2018 through the merger of two award-winning companies, Opera Theatre Company and Wide Open Opera. The two companies joined force in 2017 in response to an Arts Council initiative, and have delivered Ireland its first ever truly national opera company. In its first 24 months of operation Irish National Opera produced 72 performances of 14 different operas in 24 Irish venues, and its long-term target is to visit over 20 Irish venues annually. 

Irish National Opera is principally funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon

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