Opera Theatre Company's new programme of engagement with a team of professional artists – entitled OTC OPERA HUB

This new team consists of four singers, an opera director and a composer. Each artist will work with the company in an on-going way through the coming seasons realising a diverse range of work. The programme not only champions and showcases new operatic talent, but it also gives welcome professional opportunities to established artists to realise projects of their own design in conjunction with OTC.

The six OTC OPERA HUB artists are:

Opera Hub Artists

Tom Creed (Director)

Tom is one of Ireland’s most exciting new generation of theatre and opera directors.

Tom has worked extensively in Ireland, including at the Abbey Theatre and Gate Theatre, and on tour internationally, including Dublin Theatre Festival, Galway Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Perth International Festival, Barbican Centre London and many others. Tom is currently directing Puccini's Suor Angelica for the Royal Irish Academy of Music, which will be presented at the Abbey Theatre on the Peacock stage from 3rd to 7th March. Click HERE to read more. Next he will direct Private View, a new opera by Annelies van Parys, which is produced by Musiektheater Transparant and will be presented at the Flemish Opera in Antwerp on 13th and 15th May and in Ghent on 23rd May Click HERE to read more.

Andrew Synnott (Composer)

Andrew is well known to opera audiences as a conductor of previous OTC productions such as Carmen, Orfeo, Diary of Anne Frank, Xerxes, Bastien and Bastienne, Così fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute etc.

As composer his first opera Breakdown will be performed at the National Concert Hall in Jan 2015.

Kim Sheehan (Soprano)

Kim is one of Ireland’s leading sopranos, specialising in coloratura roles such as Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute) and Gretel (Hansel and Gretal) amongst many others.

She has appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Garsington Opera, Zürich Opera House, Opera North and many other companies internationally. Read Kim's full biog HERE

Rory Musgrave (Baritone)

Rory Musgrave is a recent graduate with a masters degree in performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Rory has been engaged by Opera Theatre Company, NI Opera, Ulysses Opera Company, Irish Youth Opera and Wide Open Opera.

Rachel Croash (Soprano)

Rachel is an exciting emerging soprano from Dublin, recently graduated with a masters degree in performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she has taken roles in a number of student productions.

In the past year she has worked for Opera Theatre Company, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Wide Open Opera and Wexford Festival Opera. Rachel recently returned to her alma mater Maynooth University to sing Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle more details HERE.  Rachel will also be performing in Droighead Arts Centre on Friday 20 March as part of Drogheda International Classical Music Series. Booking Details HERE

Sharon Carty (Mezzo)

Sharon is highly in demand in particular in Germany where she has a strong relationship with Oper Frankfurt and Oper Freiburg, as well as home in Ireland where she regularly performs in concert and in opera.

She recently issued a CD of songs and duets with Alison Browner. Sharon will be performing in Handel's Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with the Irish Baroque Orchestra on Friday 10 April in Christchurch Cathedral. Read Sharon's full biog HERE 

Throughout 2015 and 2016, these OTC OPERA HUB artists will work with Opera Theatre Company to develop opera productions featuring members of the OTC OPERA HUB team, projects involving the creation of new work, education and outreach events alongside OTC productions as well as concerts and other events.

OTC OPERA HUB will achieve the effects of broadening OTC’s offering to audiences throughout Ireland, diversifying the range of activities the company undertakes as well as investing in the development of key artists at different points in their career development.