As venues welcome audiences back, UTO aims to bring exciting, international-quality performances of the world’s greatest operas to towns and cities throughout the province of Ulster.

BBC Radio Ulster presenter Marie-Louise Muir hosts a stellar quartet of singers, performing a programme of much-loved opera arias, duets and ensembles. Renowned pianist Ruth McGinley accompanies the singers in music by Mozart, Puccini, Rossini and Verdi, and the evening also features a world premiere by Brian Irvine, commissioned by Ulster Touring Opera with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Carrickfergus born, Northern Irish mezzo-soprano and Samling Foundation Scholar, Carolyn Dobbin, will be joined by a pair of opera’s rising stars: Irish soprano Amy Ní Fhrarraigh and Belfast-born baritone Malachy Frame. Completing the quartet is international tenor Gavan Ring, who has performed for Glyndebourne, Irish National Opera, Opera North and La Monnaie among many others.

UTO will also be inviting audiences to try out the company’s ground breaking augmented reality opera projects in the foyer of the theatres. UTO is part of the innovative XRX programme, supported by NI Screen, Future Screens NI and Digital Catapult NI. Through the programme, UTO is developing a ‘Teeny Tiny Opera’, an augmented reality app for young audiences composed by award winning Belfast born composer Brian Irvine. Be one of the first to try out the augmented reality app in the foyer in the Night at the Opera performances, prior to public release later in the spring, as well as hearing soprano Amy Ní Fhearraigh perform the 5-minute piece live during the concert.

“Ní Fhearraigh seems the type of singer capable of lighting up every recess of the stage with her voice and presence. Her captivating singing is such you could listen all day, and long into the night”

“Gavan Ring was a consistent treat, his lyric tenor carrying a potent ring”


Soprano: Amy Ní Fhearraigh
Mezzo Soprano: Carolyn Dobbin
Tenor: Gavan Ring
Baritone: Malachy Frame

Marie-Louise Muir
Pianist: Ruth McGinley


Saturday 5th February 2022
Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey


Wednesday 9th February 2022
Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen


Friday 11th February 2022
Strule Arts Centre, Omagh


Saturday 12th February 2022
Garage Theatre, Monaghan


Wednesday 16th February 2022
Market Place Theatre, Armagh


Friday 18th February 2022
An Grianán, Letterkenny


Sunday 20th February 2022
Townhall Arts Space, Cavan


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