Interview with Fergus Shiel
The Wagnerian website has been covering Wide Open Opera’s production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in various posts, including an interview with the production’s conductor and company founder, Fergus Sheil. In addition to talking about his reasons for choosing the work, and his thoughts on the relative lack of Wagner performances in Ireland, Sheil explains the company’s choice of name:
The ‘Wide Open’ part of our name is there to try to welcome new people into opera, and to do opera in different ways. So we see our social media and web streaming as absolutely core parts of what the company does - not as a nice add-on. Opera must reach out in every way possible, especially in Ireland, where we don’t have strong tradition.
Sheil’s production of Tristan und Isolde will be available to watch on PlatformIreland from Monday, 8 October.
Published on 8 October 2012