Public booking for the highly acclaimed Wexford Festival Opera opens on Saturday, 15 April at 9.30 a.m. Now in its 66th year, this internationally renowned festival, once again nominated for ‘Best Festival’ in the forthcoming International Opera Awards, will run over an extended 18-day period, from Thursday, 19 October to Sunday, 5 November. A variety of performances and talks and even a play are on offer during the festival, which runs over three weekends. A total of 61 events are open to the general public, while additional events are exclusive to ‘Friends of Wexford Festival Opera’. Tickets for daytime events are priced from just €10 and main evening operas from just €20.
The Merrion Hotel, Dublin and Wexford Festival Opera are very pleased to announce a new corporate partnership ahead of the 66th Festival. The announcement was made at an exclusive event for Wexford Festival Opera hosted at the Merrion Hotel and attended by Fiona Shaw, director of Medea by Cherubini, this year’s opening night opera.
Today, Wexford Festival Opera announced the programme and principal casting details for the forthcoming 2017 festival. Now in its 66th year, this internationally renowned festival will run over an extended 18-day period, from Thursday, 19 October to Sunday, 5 November.
The 66th Festival will open with Medea by Luigi Cherubini directed by Fiona Shaw, who is known for both her award-winning theatre and film acting work, including playing Medea, in a production that originated at the Abbey Theatre before moving to the West End and eventually onto Broadway, earning her a Tony nomination. In recent times, she has been making a significant impact as an opera director with productions such as Riders to the Sea, Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers and The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera and The Rape of Lucretia for Glyndebourne and the Deutsche Oper, Berlin. Fiona Shaw will also deliver the 2017 Dr Tom Walsh Lecture on Saturday, 21 October in Clayton Whites Hotel. The other two main evening operas include the highly anticipated Margherita by Jacopo Foroni, which hasn’t been seen or heard since it premiered in Milan in 1848 and Risurrezione by Franco Alfano, based on the Tolstoy novel.
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.