Cork Opera House will host its first show since March 2020 on Saturday night with a pilot event with the Irish National Opera.

Casta Diva: An Evening with Majella Cullagh and Guests will feature Cork soprano Majella Cullagh along with soprano Emma Nash, mezzo soprano Niamh O Sullivan, tenor Gavan Ring and baritone Brendan Collins.

The programme will feature Bellini's aria Casta Diva from Norma and the famous quartet from Verdi's Rigoletto along with many more operatic moments.

Majella Cullagh

"My colleagues and I are very excited at the thought of singing in front of a live audience once again, Ms Cullagh said. We have missed the energy and atmosphere of live concerts and we have missed singing together.

"We cannot wait to share our favourite arias and duets with the audience and we are looking forward to getting back on the stage of Cork Opera House for this special and historic event."

The event will be socially distanced, and all precautions will be taken in line with public health guidelines.

There are a limited number of tickets for this event still on sale at

Commenting on the event, Cork Opera House CEO Eibhlin Gleeson said, "This is a great moment for Cork Opera House. It symbolises the beginning of our journey back to live performance and is a significant step towards the end of this very difficult time for artists, audiences, and staff alike.

"We are privileged to be working with Irish National Opera and thrilled to be welcoming one of our all-time favourite divas, Majella Cullagh and her guests to our stage again. There is no better artist to welcome the people of Cork back to Cork Opera House than Majella.

"We know that this will be a special and poignant evening and we look forward to welcoming our patrons home to their opera house once again"

Fergus Sheil, Artistic Director of Irish National Opera said: "Since March 2020, together with colleagues across the arts, our collective voices have been unable to connect to audiences in the same space at the same time.

"The pandemic has taught us to be resourceful, resilient and imaginative, as we have produced online concerts and productions, made films, planned site-specific projects and done everything we can to keep the operatic flame alive.

"But, everybody longs for one thing above all - the chance to enjoy thrilling operatic performances with artists and audiences in the same space. We are beyond excited to make our return to the stage together with our friends at Cork Opera House. July 10th will be an emotional and memorable experience."

Cork Opera House will also play host to former Kinsale resident Tori Amos on St Patrick's Day, 2022.