Wexford Festival Opera and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have come together to highlight how even small changes can have a big positive impact on the environment. The Festival and the EPA have worked together over the past few years and Tuesday, 1 November has been chosen as the Greening of Wexford Festival Opera evening to highlight this ongoing association and to ask opera goers to make a symbolic small change to their outfit, signifying a commitment to making small changes in their lives to help the environment.
Carrickfergus born mezzo-soprano Sarah Richmond and Navan tenor Andrew Gavin have both been selected as the PwC/Wexford Festival Opera ‘Emerging Young Artist’ bursary winners for 2016. This initiative, now in its second year, serves to support and celebrate Ireland’s Emerging Young Artists from the opera world and helps to contribute towards the many costs associated with furthering their careers.
The two up and coming singers have considerable experience already and have demonstrated a potential to develop international careers in the opera profession.
Nominations are now open for the Ecclesiastical/ Wexford Festival Opera Volunteer of the Year Award. Now in its fifth year, 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. Anyone can nominate a Wexford Festival Opera Volunteer and we especially encourage our patrons to participate in the nominations. The 2016 recipient will be announced on Sunday, 23 October, prior to the first public dress rehearsal of Herculanum by Félicien David.
It’s full-steam ahead at the Festival as sets arrive, with cast and crew following shortly. As rehearsals prepare to get underway, Wexford Festival Opera is looking for additional people (over 18 only) to perform as ‘extras’ or ‘supernumeraries’ for two of the upcoming operas.
Wexford Festival Opera today announced that Jean-Luc Tingaud will now conduct Herculanum replacing David Agler. This will be Jean-Luc’s fifth occasion to conduct in Wexford, having most recently conducted last year’s production of Le Pré aux clercs.