Signum Records Announces Partnership with Irish National Opera

By Chris Ruel

Signum Records has announced its partnership with Irish National Opera (INO), starting with the November 5, 2021 release of Gerald Barry’s “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground.”

“Alice’s Adventures” was a co-production with the Royal Opera House and received its world premiere in the U.K. However, COVID forced INO to cancel its own staging. In its place, INO Signum will release the world premiere recording along with a film of the opera. The album features star Irish singers Claudia Boyle, Clare Presland, Gavan Ring, and Alan Ewing.

“Our new partnership with the Irish National Opera brings a hugely exciting addition to the Signum family of artists. This recently formed Opera company already has a great reception for its live performances and vibrant recorded content. We look forward to bringing many of their future productions to a Global audience,” said Steve Long, CEO of Signum.

INO, Ireland’s largest opera company, is young but has made a splash since its launch in 2018. In its first 24 months of existence, INO produced 72 performances of 14 operas in 24 Irish venues. In Signum’s press release, Diego Fasciati, Executive Director of Irish National Opera, said, We are thrilled to embark on a partnership with Signum Records. We are a young company and producing high-quality albums that feature our talented singers, musicians and orchestras is a key step in our development and growth.”

On March 4, 2022, Signum INO will release the company’s second recording, “La bohème,” starring Celine Byrne as Mimì and Anna Devin as Musetta.

Signum, founded in 1997, has a catalog of over 600 titles and includes artists such as The King’s Singers, Philharmonia Orchestra, James Rhodes, and Tenebrae. In 2008, the company won a Grammy for its recording of The King’s Singers’ crossover album “Simple Gifts.” Signum won its second Grammy in 2009 for “Houston Chamber Choir’s “Duruflé: Complete Choral Works.”