Cork Opera House have a packed programme for 2019, and we’ve picked out some of the highlights. Cork is a city with a thriving arts and culture scene and Cork Opera House are delighted to be at the heart of that great community.
Postcards from the Ledge
The hilariously funny Ross O’Carroll Kelly will have you leaving with a Spring in your step. His one-man comedy theatre show runs from 19-23 February. The year is 2029 and Ireland is in the midst of an economic boom. Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is about to turn 50 – and life could not be better for him. His wife, Sorcha, is the Taoiseach. His triplet boys are the backbone of the Castlerock College Junior Cup team. And he still does alright with the ladies.
Blindboy has given a voice to topics that were previously barely whispered and often not spoken at all. He will be at Cork Opera House for a live episode of The Blindboy Podcast. He is outspoken, informed and empathetic and engages his audience with an unusual touch of realism. There is a very authentic feeling of freedom he exhumes which allows his listeners and participants to openly speak their mind without judgement and no topic is off limits - certainly an air of belonging encircling the space you find yourself in when listening or in the company of Blindboy.
Cork Opera House has become a great venue for live music; with Sounds from a Safe Harbour bound to bring some serious headliners to Cork in September but there’s also some unmissable gigs in the coming weeks. Here are two of our favourites.
Stephanie Rainey will play her biggest headline show to date in Cork’s Opera House on 3 May. The 100 Like Me singer made the announcement following two huge sell-out shows, one in Cork staple, Cyprus Avenue and the other, a resounding homecoming to The Castle in Glanmire.
Singer-songwriter and music legend John Grant makes an eagerly awaited return on 28 March following the recent release of his fourth solo album Love is Magic.
Opera – it’s our middle name
Cork Opera House is working hard to bring opera home to Cork. Cork Opera House is welcoming the Irish National Opera in April 2019 with Madama Butterfly. They are also continuing to produce their own opera concerts featuring the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra led by acclaimed conductor John O’Brien, a chorus from Cork Operatic Society, and internationally celebrated soloists.
Following the phenomenal success of Front of House (nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award) and Backstage, this year along with Ulysses Theatre Company and in association with Cork Midsummer Festival Cork Opera House are presenting the final in The House Trilogy ‘The Stalls’ in June 2019.