Northern Ireland Opera

Northern Ireland Opera

NI Opera, based at Belfast’s historic Grand Opera House, has a mission to provide the highest-quality opera to the widest possible audience. With a philosophy of excellence and risk-taking underpinned by an imaginative programming policy and first-rate casting, NI Opera is committed to opera as a unique art form.

By keeping ticket-prices affordable, and through the regular (but not exclusive) use of English in performances, NI opera are committed to widening the audience for opera. NI opera target a wide audience from, young to old, rich to poor, and from traditional opera-goers to those who have never seen an opera in their life before.

NI Opera aims to promote the best of Northern Irish talent, engaging with local communities and young people, collaborating with other Northern Ireland arts organisations, and using some of the province’s most iconic spaces for its performances.

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Ulster Orchestra

Soloists: Giselle Allen, Eamonn Mulhall and Marcella Walsh
Fergus Sheil, conductor


‘Our Day’ is a new opera set against a backdrop of events in Northern Ireland in 1972, which was one of the bloodiest years of the troubles. It was also the year that local girl Mary Peters won a gold medal at the Munich Olympics, and composer Conor Mitchell and NI Opera have produced a piece to remember that sense of national pride Northern Ireland had in 1972.

New Music 20x12 is the brainchild of Jillian Barker and David Cohen who wanted to put new music at the heart of the Olympic celebrations in 2012. It is delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with BBC Radio 3, London 20x12 and NMC Recordings. For a full list of funding partners click here.



20 outstanding new works, each lasting 12 minutes, commissioned to feature centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. New Music 20x12 is a UK-wide commissioning programme consisting of twenty new pieces of music, each of 12 minutes in length, celebrating the talent and imagination of the UK’s musical community as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Over the next 12 months you will be able to enjoy performances of these 20 new works in a wide range of venues and unexpected locations across the length and breadth of the UK – from churches, arts centres and concert halls to public spaces, festivals and a train journey. Each piece will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and available to purchase as mp3/FLAC download from NMC.

Visit our New Music 20x12 Project Page for more information about the twenty works.



Produced in association with BBC Radio 3 and PRS for Music Foundation


Catalogue number:
NMC DL2012-13
Release Date:
30 July 2012