Shirley Keane - Artistic Director
Founder and Artistic Director of Opera Workshop, Shirley has had training in both theatre and opera, at Rose Bruford College, Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, London. Shows created and produced for Opera Workshop include The Countess’ Salon, Opera What The Fuss!, The Trouble with Virtue, Abandoned and No 2 Pery Square by Fiona Linnane. In October 2022 Shirley produced and directed Twisted Tales, a production of short, edgy contemporary operas by Fiona Linnane and Luke Byrne.
Shirley was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland Opera Bursary further supported by Limerick City and Co Council Arts Office in 2021 for the development of new opera projects and to study libretto writing. Her first libretto, for composer Luke Byrne, was performed at the Guildhall School of Music, London in June 2022. She was awarded an Individual Arts Bursary in 2022 by the Limerick City and County Council for libretto writing.
She has worked as a performer, director, teacher and mentor with companies as diverse as Opera Theatre Co., Opera Holland Park, Basingstoke Haymarket Theatre, Glyndebourne Opera, Live Music Now, Accademia Solti Te Kanawa, Half Moon Young People’s Theatre Co., and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Shirley was also engaged on the Women’s Conducting Programme at the National Concert Hall, led by conductor Alice Farnham. Shirley enjoys regular cover presenter time on RTE lyric fm.