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  • Wexford Festival Trust appoints new Head of Development

    Wexford Festival Trust has appointed James Ó Murthuile to the new role of Head of Development for both Wexford Festival Opera and the National Opera House. This new appointment signifies an advancement in the organisation’s philanthropic activities, as it expands its national and international…

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  • Guglielmo Ratcliff nominated Best Opera Production in the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards

    The 2015 critically acclaimed production of Guglielmo Ratcliff by Pietro Mascagni was nominated in the Best Opera Production category in this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. Also this year, An Post will sponsor the GPO Witness History Audience Choice Prize, in which the public can vote…

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  • Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht launches the 8th Veronica Dunne Int’l Singing Comp

    The 8th Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition was launched by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D.  at the Royal Irish Academy of Music today. Over the past 21 years the competition, which is presented by the Friends of the Vocal Arts in…

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  • Curtain falls on the 64th Wexford Festival Opera as Bursary winners announced

    The curtain fell on the 64th Wexford Festival Opera this evening but not before two of this year’s singers were awarded two very significant artistic bursaries.  Canadian soprano Magali Simard-Galdès and Irish soprano Rachel Croash received their awards from Artistic Director David Agler, from…

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  • Wexford Festival Opera broadcasts operas from National Opera House In Partnership with RTÉ lyric fm

    By Sunday, 1 November, when the 64th Wexford Festival closes, over 20,000 people will have attended this year’s Festival, but many more will have had the opportunity to enjoy this year’s three mainstage operas when they are broadcast in partnership with the Festival’s National Radio Partner -…

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  • 64th Wexford Festival Opera opens with powerful Delius drama repertoire for 2016 Festival announced

    Today, 21 October 2015, saw the opening of the 64th Wexford Festival Opera at the National Opera House.  Specialising in unjustly neglected or rarely performed repertoire, celebrations began on the Wexford quay-front where the traditional fire work display and speeches marked the opening of this…

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  • 2015 Ecclesiastical / Wexford Festival Opera Volunteer of the Year Announced

    Wexford Festival Opera and Ecclesiastical Insurance are delighted to announce long-time volunteer Ted Howlin as the 2015 recipient of the Ecclesiastical / Wexford Festival Opera Volunteer of the Year Award.

    Ted was presented the award from the stage of the National Opera House last night by…

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  • Fireworks to Light Up the Sky as the 64th Wexford Festival Opera Opens

    The 64th Wexford Festival Opera commences on Wednesday evening, 21st October with the civic opening ceremony and the spectacular fireworks display that has become almost as popular as the operas themselves.

    Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, will officially open the…

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  • A special homecoming at Wexford Festival Opera from the door of his grandmother’s house 30 years ago

    A very special visitor was on hand to welcome the cast of the opera Koanga as they arrived for the first time at the National Opera House to begin rehearsals for this year’s Wexford Festival Opera. The cast were greeted at the stage door by Richard Foley, who for many years growing up, lived on…

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  • Cast and crew arrive in Wexford as rehearsals get under way for the 64th Wexford Festival Opera

    Cast and crew representing thirteen different countries from around the world are arriving in the southeast as rehearsals for the 64th Wexford Festival Opera officially begin. Some artists are making a very welcome return to Wexford and others are experiencing this internationally renowned…

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

    Wexford Festival Opera and Ecclesiastical Insurance are inviting nominations for the Ecclesiastical/ Wexford Festival Opera Volunteer of the Year Award. This award seeks to recognise and highlight the extraordinary contribution and initiative of Wexford Festival Opera volunteers, who not only…

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  • Wexford Festival Opera revise recently announced dates for 2016 Festival

     It was announced today that due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts, the recently announced dates for the 65th Wexford Festival Opera in 2016 have changed.  The Festival will still run for 12 days, however it will now open on Wednesday, 26 October and will close on Sunday, 6 November, 2016. …

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  • Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition announces new alliance with Wexford Festival Opera

    For over 20 years the Veronica Dunne International Singing competition has brought to the fore many new exciting voices. Throughout its history Wexford Festival Opera has featured and nurtured many of the rising stars and new faces of Opera. Today it was announced that these two renowned…

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  • Extras Needed for 64th Wexford Festival Opera

    Wexford Festival Opera is looking for men and women (over 18 only) to act as ‘extras’ or ‘supernumeraries’ for the upcoming tragic gothic opera, Guglielmo Ratcliff by Pietro Mascagni.  Interested parties are invited to come along to the National Opera House on Wednesday, 29 July at 7pm for an…

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  • Minister Humphreys Officially Names the National Opera House

    Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys officiated at the naming ceremony for the internationally award-winning National Opera House in Wexford.  Minister Humphreys publicly announced late last year from the stage of the opera house that she was giving her support to…

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  • Wexford Festival Opera and PwC announce new arts initiative ‘Emerging Young Artist Award’

    Wexford Festival Opera in association with PwC today are delighted to announce details of a new arts initiative to support and celebrate Ireland’s Emerging Young Artists in the opera world. The award gives two emerging young Irish opera singers a bursary to help contribute towards the many costs…

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  • Results announced of fun musical experiment to see if classical music has an effect on plant grow

    Two weeks ago the pupils of junior infant class at Kennedy Park National School had some new additions to their classroom …. potted sunflowers in early stages of growth, who were there to take part in a musical experiment. They were delivered by a very special guest opera singer Rachel Croash,…

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  • Cast announced for 64th Wexford Festival Opera

    Artistic Director David Agler announced the cast for the main evening operas in the forthcoming Wexford Festival, opening Wednesday, 21 October.  A mixture of new and familiar voices makes up the 64-member company, comprising 20 principal roles, 32 chorus-members and 10 dancers.  They hail from…

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  • School children help kick off fun experiment to see if classical music has an effect on plant growth

    Opera singer Rachel Croash was in Wexford to deliver pots of sunflowers to the junior infant class at Kennedy Park National School as they commenced a fun experiment to try to find out if classical music has an effect on plant growth. Pots were placed in the classroom where they will enjoy lots…

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  • Le Pré aux clercs, a co-production between Wexford Festival Opera and Opéra-Comique opens Paris

    Le Pré aux clercs ('The Clerks’ Meadow') by Ferdinand Hérold, a co-production with the famed Opéra-Comique de Paris, opened in Paris to a capacity crowd of more than 1,200.  Based on a novel by Prosper Mérimée, Hérold’s opéra comique was a runaway success in the wake of its triumphant premiere…

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  • Full programme details announced for the 64th Wexford Festival Opera

    Artistic Director David Agler today announced full details of the 2015 Wexford Festival Opera which will take place this October.

    Rejection, jealousy and forbidden love are at the heart of the three mainstage operas on offer this year at the 64th Wexford Festival Opera. Priority booking for…

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  • Silent Night wins Audience Choice Award and Best Opera Award at Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards

    Silent Night, by American composer Kevin Puts, last year’s critically acclaimed opera set against the backdrop of WWI, proved to be both the people’s and the judges’ favourite at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in a Gala Ceremony at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. The Wexford…

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  • Silent Night Nominated for Best Opera Production in the Irish Times Theatre Awards

    The 2014 critically acclaimed production of Silent Night by Kevin Puts was nominated in the Best Opera Production category at this year’s Irish Times Theatre Awards.

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  • Wexford Festival Opera reports increased ticket sales and announces details of the 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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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