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Based in London, Orpha Phelan hails from Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. She has just been nominated as Best Director in The Irish Times Theatre Awards, which will be held in March 2023. She has directed Don Pasquale for Irish National Opera (Irish Times Theatre Award Nominee: Best Opera) Lalla-Roukh for Wexford Festival Opera (Irish Times Theatre Award Nominee: Best Opera), La Cenerentola for Irish National Opera (Irish Times Theatre Award Nominee: Best Production) A Quiet Place for Opera Zuid (Winner of Place de l'Opera: Best Opera Award Netherlands), Powder Her Face and Dead Man Walking for Royal Danish Opera (both Winners of The Reumert Award: Best Opera Production), Billy Budd and I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Opera North, Fidelio for Longborough, Jenufa (released by Arthaus Musik on DVD), Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Fiddler on the Roof and La Bohème (released by Naxos on DVD) for Malmö Opera, Wuthering Heights for Opéra National de Lorraine, Dialogues des Carmelites RNCM, and Così Fan Tutte for OTC as well as world premieres of Raising Icarus for Barber Opera and Blue Electric for The Playground Theatre.
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