Fergus Sheil is a conductor and creative producer of music and opera based in Ireland. He is Artistic Director of Wide Open Opera, Wide Open Music and Opera Theatre Company.
Fergus scored a notable triumph with Wide Open Opera’s inaugral production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre as part of the 2012 Dublin Theatre Festival. He has also conducted the world premiere of Raymond Deane’s opera The Alma Fetish and the Irish premiere of John Adams’ Nixon in China for Wide Open Opera as well as co-producing Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest with NI Opera.
Fergus has worked for Opera Theatre Company, Opera Ireland, Wexford Festival Opera, NI Opera, Lyric Opera Productions, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera in wide range of repertoire. For Carlow Local Authorities, He oversaw the commissioning and performance of Shelter Me From the Rain by Brian Irvine (music) and John McIlduff (text) in 2011. The first ever public art opera commission in Ireland, it received the Allianz Business to Arts award for Best Use of Creativity in the Community in 2011
As an orchestral conductor, Fergus has forged a strong relationship with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. With Wide Open Music he has taken the RTÉ NSO on tour in Ireland with a range of major symphonic repertoire such as Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 (Choral) and Mahler’s Symphony No 2 (Resurrection). He has also involved the orchestra in community and eductional projects such as Rain Falling Up by Brian Irvine (music), John McIlduff (text) and Matthew Robins (visuals) at the Convention Centre, Dublin in 2012 and the world premiere of Bluebottle by the same artists at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in 2014.
As well as his work with the RTÉ NSO, Fergus has conducted the Ulster Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and many other groups.
Fergus Sheil is also active in the choral field and has worked with many choirs. In 2008 he collaborated with composer Arvo Pärt and the State Choir Latvija including the world premiere of Pärt’s The Deer’s Cry. He subsequently appeared with State Choir Latvija throughout Ireland with Pärt’s music in 2010. In 2013 he toured Ireland with the BBC Singers with Seven Last Words from the Cross by James MacMillan.
As well as performances at home in Ireland, Fergus has also undertaken engagements in the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, UK, France, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden and Estonia.