Wexford Festival Opera News

Wexford Festival Opera awards artistic bursaries as the curtain falls on WFO 2017

Wexford Festival Opera awards artistic bursaries as the curtain falls on WFO 2017

The curtain fell on the 2017 Wexford Festival Opera. The final performance of this 18-day Festival was of the critically acclaimed Risurrezione by Franco Alfano which played to a capacity crowd in the National Opera House and was attended by the closing night Guest of Honour An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

The past 18 days have seen the festival present 65 events attended by thousands of patrons, from across Ireland and around the world to attend this internationally renowned festival, which was crowned ‘Best Festival’ at the 2017 International Opera Awards. 

…..a clutch of committed performances from one of the most vocally accomplished casts I have ever witnessed at Wexford.” – The Telegraph

Hidden Gems Music Trail Map

Hidden Gems Music Trail Map

Since the beginning, Wexford Festival Opera has sought to unearth 'Hidden Gems', be it the repertoire, singers, directors or conductors. But Wexford Town itself also harbours some 'Hidden Gems' which deserve to be discovered.  Follow this simple map (with a suggested playlist of music) to discover a few things you may have not known existed.  Enjoy!   

Long-time volunteer Albert Lacey finally steps onto the stage to receive Volunteer of the Year Award

Long-time volunteer Albert Lacey finally steps onto the stage to receive Volunteer of the Year Award

Front of House volunteer, Albert Lacey took his rightful place in the spotlight for a change as he was named the 2017 Ecclesiastical/Wexford Festival Opera Volunteer of the Year.

The announcement was made by Artistic Director David Agler from the stage of the National Opera House in front of a capacity crowd of Festival volunteers, who were in attendance at the public dress rehearsal of Risurrezione by Franco Alfano last Wednesday evening.

POSTPONED: Opening Night Fireworks Display

POSTPONED: Opening Night Fireworks Display

Due to the Yellow weather alert issued by Met Eireann, and based on the public safety advice from the statutory agencies, a join decision has been reached to postpone tonight’s fireworks display marking the opening the 66th Wexford Festival Opera. However the event will take place instead on the closing night of the Festival at 8 p.m.

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