Classical Notes

Opera Collective takes Flight to a new level

OCI takes off in a modern direction by staging British playwright Jonathan Dove’s breakthrough comedy composition

Jonathan Dove’s Flight – the Opera Collective Ireland version of Flight takes place in the Pavilion, Dún Laoghaire

“You will now find our alumni names on stages all across Europe,” says the mezzo-soprano and vocal coach Colette McGahon. She is proudly recalling how her brainchild Opera Collective Ireland (OCI) was formed in 2011, a time when the country’s opera scene was reeling following the collapse of both Opera Ireland and the youth training Opera Theatre Company (OTC).

Thankfully, Wide Open Opera (later to morph into Irish National Opera) was on the way. But ...