New Lyric Operatic Company has a long and illustrious history, spanning the last 65 years. The company, originally known as the Lyric Opera Company, was founded in 1948 as an amateur operatic society in Belfast, Northern Ireland and opened with its first production "New Moon" at the much missed Empire Theatre. The company disbanded and re-formed in 1951 as the New Lyric Opera Company. A name which endured till 2002, when its members voted to re-christen the company the way it is known today, the New Lyric Operatic Company.
From its inception, New Lyric has never failed to present at least one production each year, even at the height of the troubles here in Northern Ireland. And as such, it has provided a forum for so many local people to meet like-minded performers and feel part of a community.
The company is often praised for creating shows and concerts of a professional standard. Over the years, the company has enjoyed success in competing against the other amateur operatic societies in Ireland. In 1977, NLOC entered the Waterford International Festival, bringing home a number of prestigious awards. Throughout its history NLOC has received many nominations and awards from our All-Ireland or UK representative bodies, the Association of Irish Musical Societies and the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (details available on our website). Furthermore, in 2010, the company clinched the coveted title of best ensemble at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England.
The company is committed to performing musicals of all varieties, and our repertoire has range from light Operetta's, to the classic 'Cowboys', the American Modern Musical and Contemporary West End and Broadway material. We are proud to say that we bring together a diverse group of people, who all share a passion for musical theatre. Performers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to apply, and help us achieve our goal of providing high-quality engaging performance work, whilst having fun!
Our company is a registered charity, and our work could not continue without the generous support of its members, audiences and friends.