It is sometimes said that one of the key characteristics of a of a world class city is the existence of a well-maintained opera house. I believe I am right in saying that Dublin is one of the very few capitals in Europe – maybe the only one if you except Liechtenstein and San Marino – that does not have such a cultural facility. In other cities worldwide the opera house is a defining institution, such as Covent Garden in London, the Sydney Opera House, or the Opéra National in Paris.
Capital investments in the performing arts may not, in Bord Snip times, be seen as a huge investment priority, and it clearly won’t happen for the next year or two. But now is the time to look more closely at possible longer term plans. It is not that Dublin doesn’t have opera – it clearly has – but it doesn’t have a proper facility. National self-respect suggests we need to look again. It’s time to take all our national melodrama and put it where it belongs, in the opera.Explore posts in the same categories: culture comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.