Since opening in the mid 19th century, the Cork Opera House has transformed into one of Southern Ireland’s premier entertainment venues. It presents a broad programme of music, musicals, opera, comedy, pantomime, ballet and much more from the field of performing arts, as well as sporting events, conferences and festivals.
The Cork Opera House became a central institution of culture in its society, who were devastated to see their beloved building burnt down in a fire in 1955. The community showcased a strong and united front through a ten-year-effort to reconstruct the venue, which opened in 1965. With many more modifications and improvements over the years, the Cork Opera House as we know it today sports a main auditorium with an orchestra pit, foyer, bars and a cafe, a shop and several corporate boxes. It also features modern facilities, including cutting-edge acoustics and technology, and an intimate environment due to its seating, which leverage the experience for both performers and theatre-goers.
The building is not only admired by those from Cork, but around the country; the Cork Opera House is the only purpose built opera house in Ireland. It also contains one of the country’s largest stages, further supporting its ability to host large-scale touring productions.
In its rich history of hosting successful performances, many famous faces have been drawn to the site. ‘American Pie’ singer, Don McLean, serenaded Cork folk, while Charles Dickens lectured there twice and Irish nationalist politician, Charles Stewart Parnell delivered an impassioned statement on stage.