Jonathan Lemalu makes his house debut at the recently formed Irish National Opera this week, as Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, conducted by Peter Whelan and directed by Patrick Mason.
Irish National Opera was formed by the merger of two companies; Wide Open Opera and Opera Theatre Company. Le nozze di Figaro opens their inaugural season which also features Orfeo ed Euridice, The Tales of Hoffmann, Aida, Bluebeard’s Castle and The Second Violinist.
Artistic director Fergus Sheil described the season as “a fantastic opportunity for us to create something new”, adding: “It is also about defining fresh parameters for what opera could and should be. We want to build our home audience and lead them to the delights of Wagner, Strauss, Janáček and others as we develop. The ambition is to broaden the repertoire and take on the big works, to increase the number of productions, and to bring opera of the highest quality to audiences throughout Ireland and overseas.”
Le nozze di Figaro runs from 13 to 21 April 2018, with performances in both Wexford and Dublin. For more information and tickets, see the Irish National Opera website.