Collaboration, Film/TV/Theatre

Micro Opera ‘Close’


One of 20 brand new micro-operas!
Irish National Opera, during the 2020 UK pandemics, have made possible something which has never happened before.
Commissioning composers, librettists, singers, directors, set / lighting designers, costume designers – to all work together.

“Nothing is safe at the moment but then, nothing is ever ‘safe’ in matters of love. From the digital world of online dating, to meeting face to face for the first time; is finding true romance a dream or can Sam and Andi find a way to be together?

A journey of love for our times, an encounter full of trepidation where distance is just as vital as those soaring feelings of attraction. When romance is at stake, yet circumstances prevail… just how close would you get?”

Soprano Rachel Croash
Mezzo-soprano Raphaela Mangan
Composer Hannah Peel
Librettist Stella Feehily
Director Sarah Baxter
Conductor Elaine Kelly
Production Design Sarah Bacon
Costume Design Katie Davenport
Lighting Design Paul Keogan
Series Director Hugh O’Conor
Editor Hugh Chaloner
Audio Production Ergodos
RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Commissioned by Stephen Loughman for #20ShotsofOpera
In collaboration with RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Funded by Arts Council Ireland

Watch ‘Close’ and explore the other 19 micro-opera’sHERE