Written in 1979, The Lighthouse is inspired by a true event from December 1900 when three lighthouse keepers mysteriously disappeared.
A Scottish lighthouse goes dark. A visiting supply ship finds the building in order. But the keepers have vanished without a 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.
Written in 1979, this opera is inspired by a true event from December 1900 when three lighthouse keepers mysteriously disappeared from the Flannan Isles lighthouse in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. The composer conjures up a psychological thriller in which cabin fever of three men confined in close proximity leads to explosions of their different personalities in ways that lead to tragedy.
An Irish National Opera touring production with a cast of three singers and 12 orchestral players, sung in English. The Lighthouse was last produced in Ireland over 20 years ago in performances by Opera Theatre Company in 1998 and 2001.
7pm: The Lighthouse In Focus - Pre-show talk
Delve deeper into the background of opera with Irish National Opera’s free In Focus series. The pre-show talk takes a closer look at this 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.
Register to attend the free Lighthouse in Focus talk at 7pm by linking to Pre-show Talk
This Opera is sung in English with English subtitles
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‘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
‘A work that never ceases to amaze’The Stage