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  • Ireland’s National Opera House reports increased ticket sales and announces details of 64th Festival

    As the lights went down on the 63rd Wexford Festival Opera, Festival organisers reported an increase in overall ticket sales for this internationally renowned opera festival. Over 20,000 tickets were sold for the 12-day festival which featured three mainstage operas and a number of Shortworks operas and other daytime events.

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  • 5 Million Listeners to tune into 63rd Wexford Festival Opera via Live International Broadcast

    An estimated 5 million people around the world will tune in on Saturday, 1 November at 8pm for the sold-out performance of the Italian comic opera, Don Bucefalo by Antonio Cagnoni, when it broadcasts to eleven European Broadcast Union (EBU) national public radio stations across the globe via media partner RTÉ lyric fm, live from what is now officially recognised as Ireland’s National Opera House.   

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  • Wexford Opera House recognised as Ireland’s National Opera House

    Wexford Opera House has been officially recognised as Ireland’s National Opera House by the Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Minister Heather Humphreys made the historic announcement at the official opening of the 63rd Wexford Festival Opera.  The Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys announced the renaming of the internationally award-winning Wexford Opera House as Ireland’s National Opera House in front of an estimated 18,000 people who lined the quay-front of Wexford at the official opening of the 63rd Wexford Festival Opera. 

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  • Spectacular fireworks to kick off 63rd Wexford Festival Opera

    The 63rd Wexford Festival Opera will kick off on Wednesday, 22 October with the official opening set to take place once again on quays in Wexford town. Entertainment will commence from 6:30pm and will include the much loved annual fireworks display. This year Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will officially open the Festival at the quayside celebrations and then go on to attend the opening opera at Wexford Opera House, which will be Salomé by Antoine Mariotte (1875-1944), a rarely-performed operatic version of Oscar Wilde’s play.

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  • Sir David Davies Confirmed as Next President of Wexford Festival Trust

    Wexford Festival Trust is honoured and proud to announce the appointment of Sir David Davies as the new President of Wexford Festival Trust. Following in the tradition of the eminent previous presidents including Sir Compton Mackenzie, Sir Alfred Beit and most recently Sir Anthony O’Reilly, Sir David brings to the role a remarkable knowledge of the opera world from his extensive involvement over a long number of years in many of the leading international opera companies and festivals. His family moved from Wales to Ireland after the war, and he has always maintained a home in Ireland.

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  • Sing along with Wexford Festival Opera for National Choral Singing week and Mental Health Ireland

    Wexford Festival Opera invite the public to come along to Wexford Opera House on Sunday, 12 October at 5:30pm to mark National Choral Week which coincides with World Mental Health Day. National Choral Singing Week runs from 5th to 12th October to coincide with World Mental Health Day.

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  • Excitement Mounts as Wexford Prepares to Host European Premiere of Silent Night - Set in WWI

    Rehearsals are now underway for the 63rd Wexford Festival Opera which opens on 22 October. This year one of the main stage operas will be the much anticipated European Premiere of SILENT NIGHT by Kevin Puts. This remarkable opera is set against the backdrop of WWI and won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2012 for American composer Kevin Puts. He and his librettist, Mark Campbell, will also travel to Wexford to attend its European premiere performance.  They will also give audiences an insight into what it takes to create an award-winning opera when they present the annual Dr Tom Walsh Lecture.  100 years on from WWI the Festival will also contribute to the centenary events with special free screenings of the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, the inspiration for the opera, which tells the story of the night of the temporary truce in no-man’s-land when the troops on both sides celebrated Christmas together. 

    Described by The New York Times as ‘Exhilarating and compelling’ Silent Night will open on 24 October as part of 63rd Wexford Festival Opera

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  • Wexford Reaches Out to the World as the World Arrives in Wexford to Prepare for the 63rd Festival

    Wexford town’s population grew considerably over the weekend as singers, directors, designers and production staff from around the world, including Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, the United States of America, and of course from all across Ireland, all arrived in Wexford to begin rehearsals for the 63rd Wexford Festival Opera.

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  • A Taste of the Opera Presented by the ICA, Wexford Festival Opera and Wexford Creamery

    Wexford Federation ICA is delighted to announce the details of two events designed to bring a taste of the upcoming Wexford Festival Opera to the community in Bree and in New Ross Co. Wexford.

    As part of Wexford Creamery’s sponsorship of this year’s Wexford Festival Opera, these free events will feature a carefully selected repetoire of opera pieces sung live by a one of this year’s singers.  This event took place last year for the first time and proved to be very popular. 

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  • Nominations open for the Ecclesiastical/Wexford Festival Opera Volunteer Award

    Wexford Festival Opera and Ecclesiastical Insurance are inviting nominations for the Ecclesiastical/Wexford Festival Opera Volunteer Award. This award seeks to recognise and highlight the extraordinary contribution and initiative of Wexford Festival Opera volunteers, who not only founded this now world-renowned Festival, but are fundamental to its continued success.

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  • Cast announced for 2014 Wexford Festival Opera

    Wexford Festival Opera is delighted to announce the casting for the internationally renowned Festival, which this year will run for 12 days, from 22 October to 2 November.

    This year 60 singers comprising the best of Irish and international talent will join the Wexford company. The 2014 Wexford Opera company, including the creative and production teams and the 70+ members of the Wexford Festival Orchestra, will number more than 150 Irish and international artists.
     

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  • Specialist insurer partners with Wexford Festival Opera

    Specialist insurer Ecclesiastical has announced a new partnership with the Wexford Opera House and Wexford Festival Opera. As part of the partnership Ecclesiastical will sponsor the Festival event and insure the venue, one of the finest opera venues in Europe.  

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  • Cristina, regina de Svezia, Named Best Re-Discovered Work at International Opera Awards

    Wexford Festival Opera received a major international award for Best Re-Discovered work for their 2013 critically acclaimed production of Cristina, regina de Svezia at the International Opera Awards, held last night at a Gala Ceremony in London.

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  • Booking opens for 2014 Wexford Festival Opera

    General booking is now open for the 2014 Wexford Festival Opera, after a very successful priority booking period for Friends of the Festival, which opened earlier this month. 

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  • Greater Range of Ticket Pricing for 63rd Festival

    Tickets now starting from just €25.

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  • Wexford Festival Opera wins top honour at Irish Times Theatre Awards for ‘Cristina’

    Cristina, regina de Svezia wins Best Opera Production

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  • Wexford Festival Opera receives four nominations in the ‘Oscars of Opera’

    In what is now considered The Oscars of the Opera World, Wexford Festival Opera received and impressive four nominations in the 2nd annual International Opera Awards announced yesterday at a press conference at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

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