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INO presents The Lighthouse by Peter Maxwell Davies


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€30/€27 Conc. + €1 Booking fee
Sung in English with English subtitles
Duration: 75 mins
Suitable for 12+

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All new and existing ticketholders are required to show proof of Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate on entry to this event at glór. Children under 18 who are accompanying adults do not need proof of vaccination or recovery. Please note wearing of mask/face covering is compulsory at all times inside the building.

There is a pre-show talk for The Lighthouse from 7pm -7.30pm in the Studio on the 27th. Free of charge for ticket holders. 

The Lighthouse In Focus
Delve deeper into the background of opera with Irish National Opera’s free In Focus series. Each event takes a closer look at an opera in INO’s season, exploring the music and the context in which it was created. In this free event, get the chance to meet key artists involved in producing the opera and to hear about their process in realising the work



Nationwide tour of a new production of Peter Maxwell Davies’s chamber opera

A Scottish lighthouse goes dark. A visiting supply ship finds the building in order. But the keepers have vanished without trace. Three singers in multiple roles explore the psychological state of the fractious men, relive an official investigation and project a supernatural explanation. The composer, who based the structure of the opera on the Tower of the Tarot, leaves no simple answers. Based on an actual event in December 1900.

Free Pre-show talk taking place in the Studio from 7 – 7.30pm.

standout contributions from the baritone Ben McAteer  Gramophone

Gavan Ring a consistent treat, his lyric tenor carrying a potent ring.  Opera

John Molloy one of those singers whose pleasure in plying his craft onstage is almost palpable to his audienceThe Irish Times

a work that never ceases to amaze. The Stage

Sung in English with English subtitles
Running time 75 minutes



  • Officer 1/Sandy Gavan Ring
  • Officer 2/Blazes Ben McAteer
  • Officer 3/Arthur/Voice of the Cards John Molloy

Irish National Opera Orchestra


  • Conductor Elaine Kelly
  • Director Edwina Casey
  • Set & Costume Designer Annemarie Woods
  • Lighting Designer Sinéad Wallace
  • Répétiteur David Leigh

The Lighthouse, first performed in 1980, is a chamber opera, but it builds to a shattering conclusion worthy of opera at its grandest.”
The New York Times

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