Wexford Festival Opera has once again been nominated in the highly coveted Best Festival category in the upcoming International Opera Awards. This is the third time Wexford has been nominated in this category since the awards were established in 2012. Wexford stands beside similar prestigious international festivals such as Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (France), Festival Verdi (Parma), Garsington Opera (UK), Lyon Festival (France) and Spoleto Festival (USA). The set and costume designer on Wexford’s 2016 production of Vanessa, Cordelia Chisholm, was also nominated in the Best Designer category. In addition, the critically-acclaimed 2016 productions of Herculanum by Félicien David and Vanessa by Samuel Barber have both been nominated in the Best Opera Production category in the upcoming Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, now celebrating its 20th anniversary.
The curtain fell on the 65th Wexford Festival Opera this evening as more than 850 people including audience, cast, crew and volunteers all joined hands and sang ‘Auld Lang Syne’ in harmony bringing the world-renowned international festival to a theatrical close.
Over the past 12 days over 23,000 tickets were issued for 54 separate events which ranged from evening performances, to ShortWorks daytime operas, to the ever-popular gala night. This year’s Festival saw a continued increase in ticket sales with many events sold-out months in advance for the second consecutive year.
Wexford Festival Opera will once again join forces with RTÉ lyric fm, its National Media Partner, to beam the final performances of each of this year’s mainstage operas live across Ireland.
Niall Carroll will present the live performances of Herculanum on Friday 4 November at 8pm, Vanessa on Saturday 5 November at 8pm and Maria de Rudenz on Sunday 6 November at 5pm. The astounding operas can be heard live on Opera Night on 96-99 FM and online via www.rte.ie/lyricfm/opera-night
‘Mascagni’s Guglielmo Ratcliff deserves to become a classic’ - The Spectator
(Tuesday, 25 October 2016) The critically-acclaimed 2015 Wexford Festival Opera production of Pietro Mascagni’s Guglielmo Ratcliff is now available on CD on the RTÉ lyric fm label in association with Wexford Festival...
Long-time wardrobe volunteer, Marie Brady was named the 2016 Ecclesiastical/Wexford Festival Opera Volunteer of the Year Award by Artistic Director David Agler and Scott Hayes, Head of Relationship Management, Ecclesiastical, from the stage of the National Opera House last night in front of a capacity crowd of volunteers, who were in attendance to see the first public dress rehearsal of Herculanum by Félicien David.