This year I am making a welcome return to Wexford Festival Opera having performed the role of Gretel in the 2015 Shortwork Hansel and Gretel as well as chorus in Koanga and Le Pré Aux Clercs. This year I am the proud winner of the PwC Emerging Young Artist Bursary. There have been many highlights; a chance to work with legendary actress, director and fellow Cork woman Fiona Shaw has been particularly special for me. Having studied lots of her work during my undergraduate degree in drama and theatre studies at U.C.C and both being former pupils of Scoil Mhuire secondary school, I was delighted to be cast in the role of Handmaiden in Cherubinis Medea. It was a privilege to work with her one on one and even for such a small role the depth of character building was fascinating.
Coming to the Festival, but feel a little intimidated by opera? Not to worry! We’re here to help. All you really need to know to enjoy yourself at the Festival is that you have a love of music and live performances on an epic scale - with the added pleasure of dressing up and making a grand occasion of the evening. Think about it: you don't need to be a wine-expert to enjoy a glass or two, do you? Opera is no different. We can help with the rest! However, if you would feel more comfortable having a bit of opera lingo under your belt to enhance your Wexford Festival Opera experience, here are few terms that may help draw back the curtains of intimidation (and a few phrases you can throw into conversation for fun!)
Over the last few weeks I have spoken mainly about the main operas, the ShortWorks, the singers and the directors. Now I think I’m ready to dedicate my time and talk about all the craziness that actually goes into running and organising the festival. With this in mind, I’d like to introduce Company Manager, Giuliano Guernieri and Assistant Company Manager, Nicky Kehoe. These men keep the boat afloat. Literally, without their precise organisation, I don’t think the Festival would be possible.
Wexford Festival Opera chats with American conductor Timothy Myers (conductor of this year's Margherita) about returning to Wexford, bringing Foroni's Margherita back to life and what makes this Festival different from others.
Previous Wexford Festival Opera engagements for Timothy include...
Week 2 of rehearsals at Wexford Festival Opera. Think you need to be an expert on opera to enjoy it? Not so, says our Media Relations and Marketing Intern Carolyn as she gives an account of her observations in 'The Intern Diaries'. Find out the truth behind the myth and get the inside perspective from an opera-novice fulfilling her college placement. at Wexford Festival Opera.