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Irish National Opera presents

The Lighthouse


Nationwide tour of a new production of Peter Maxwell Davies’s chamber opera

A Scottish lighthouse goes dark. A visiting supply ship finds the building in order. But the keepers have vanished without 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. Based on an actual event in December 1900.

“standout contributions from the baritone Ben McAteer”


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


John Molloy “one of those singers whose pleasure in plying his craft onstage is almost palpable to his audience”

The Irish Times

Sung in English with English subtitles

Running time 75 minutes

“a work that never ceases to amaze” - The Stage

“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

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