The board of Wide Open Opera warmly welcomes the appointment of WOO founder and Artistic Director Fergus Sheil as Artistic Director of Opera Theatre Company. Yesterday’s announcement of Sheil’s appointment together with Rosemary Collier as Executive Director of Opera Theatre Company is a great step forward for opera in Ireland.
Fergus Sheil retains his role as Artistic Director of Wide Open Opera in conjunction with his new position at Opera Theatre Company.
Commenting on the appointment, Wide Open Opera’s Chairman Michael Wall said: “It’s no surprise that somebody with Fergus’s drive, ambition and energy would be appointed to lead the artistic output of Opera Theatre Company. Fergus has an enviable ability to devise highly ambitious yet achievable opera projects. Wide Open Opera’s Tristan und Isolde in 2012 was a personal triumph for Fergus as well as the large team of artists that he led. He has followed this initial production with a wide range of innovative plans that will see this young company develop into one of the cornerstones for opera provision in Ireland in the future. Wide Open Opera’s work is complimentary to that of Opera Theatre Company and the output of both companies will amount to a very serious contribution to Irish operatic provision in the years ahead. We wish Fergus, Rosemary and all at OTC well as they move into their next exciting phase.”
Fergus Sheil commented:
“I’m tremendously honoured to have been offered the position of Artistic Director of Opera Theatre Company. This is a company whose work I have followed and at times participated in for over twenty years. I admire the company’s commitment to bringing opera to new and diverse audiences. In many of its productions, OTC has captured the public’s imagination in ways that have been innovative and unexpected. I hope to contribute to a future of artistic vibrancy and look forward to working with the OTC board and staff as well as many different partners to make this happen. Working with both Wide Open Opera and Opera Theatre Company makes it possible to create a hugely diverse range of opera productions from well known titles to new and creative repertoire, to appear in venues large and small, throughout all of the country and internationally, to work with major artists and to nurture the development of new generations of opera practitioners.”