Owen Gilhooly as Escamillo, Carmen, Opera Theatre Company.
The strategic context for the Arts Council’s support of opera and all other artforms and areas of arts practice is set out in Making Great Art Work: Arts Council Strategy (2016–2025) (PDF, 3.29 MB). It describes how we will lead the development of the arts in Ireland over the next decade. Our strategy has five priority areas: the artist; public engagement; investment strategy; spatial and demographic planning; and developing capacity.
Arts Council Opera Policy
In December 2011, the Arts Council adopted a new policy (DOC, 0.10 MB) on opera which sets out how it now intends to promote and develop opera in Ireland. In line with the Council’s approach to supporting other artforms, the policy is rooted in supporting and enabling opera artists and practitioners to connect with the public.
Mindful of the constraints faced during a period of economic downturn and diminished public funding, the Council intends to deliver on this policy over the medium term (4/5 years commencing in 2012) by supporting indigenous production and presentation of opera and by directly supporting the individual opera artist or practitioner.
Support for the production and presentation of opera will involve continuing to support the work undertaken by two key funded organisations while providing additional and complementary opportunities that encourage the sector to explore new ways of working. The new funding opportunities comprise:
Opera Projects and Production Award - supports initiatives of professional opera practitioners in the development and presentation of opera at three distinct stages, encouraging both the development of work of high-artistic quality, and also fully staged presentations of opera that engage with the public, providing opportunities for artists in the process.
This approach is intended to create opportunities for audiences to enjoy indigenous productions of opera across a range of genres and scales including, it is envisaged, the presentation of larger scale work in Dublin and other cities. While open to application from both existing opera companies and new entrants, the new funding streams will prioritise high calibre artistic proposals that feature value adding partnerships between artists, producers and presenting venues. This prioritisation is intended to enhance the impact and value of the investment of public funding.