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  • Wexford Festival Opera amends 2012 Festival Programme

    However, Artistic Director David Agler has several operas waiting in the wings and is delighted to announce that the rarely-performed Italian opera, L’Arlesiana by Francesco Cilèa will now open the 61st Wexford Festival Opera on Wednesday, 24 October, 2012.

    L’Arlesiana is a melodrama in...

  • Wexford Festival Opera and Zurich Reward Sterling Service in their Diamond Year

    Long time Festival Volunteer and current Head of the Green Room, Elizabeth Foley , was awarded the first-ever Wexford Festival Opera / Zurich Volunteers Award - for Outstanding Leadership and Development by Conor Brennan, Director of Broker Distribution at Zurich at a ceremony in Wexford...

  • President McAleese to officially close 60th Wexford Festival Opera after 14 years as Patron

    President Mary McAleese, and her husband Senator Martin McAleese, will attend the final performance of the 60th anniversary Wexford Festival Opera as guests of honour, on Saturday, 5 November, in what will be one of the President’s last official functions of her 14 year term as Uachtarán na...

  • Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D. opens the 60th Wexford Festival Opera

    The first Festival of opera took place in Wexford in October 1951, and opened with a production of The Rose of Castile by one-time Wexford resident, Michael William Balfe. From that humble beginning Wexford Festival Opera has grown to be one of the premier and longest established cultural...

  • An Taoiseach Enda Kenny Officially Opens 60th Wexford Festival Opera

    Entertainment commenced on the quay with Southeast Radio broadcasting live from 4:30pm.  Maurice McCarthy acted as MC for the evening, presenting a full line-up of entertainment for all the family, including Oyster Lane Theatre Group, performing extracts from their upcoming production of...

  • John Allison welcomes Roman Statkowski’s little-known masterpiece ‘Maria’

    Even by its own exceptional standards for unearthing rarities, this month the Wexford Festival offers something very scarce. Usually its featured composers are well enough known, even if the works themselves are not (for example, Donizetti and Ambroise Thomas, whose Gianni di Parigi and La...

  • Wexford Festival Opera celebrates Culture Night

    Make sure to come along to the luxurious walnut clad foyer of Wexford Opera House at 7pm this Friday Night (September 23) to get a sneak-peak of 3 Sopranos from this year’s fantastic line-up at the 60th Wexford Festival Opera! 30 minutes of stunning, playful and passionate performances –...

  • County Wexford Businesses urged to take advantage of the Green Business Initiative 2011

    The 2011 launch of the real cost-saving programme is open to all business sectors to attend.  The launch event will identify simple steps business owners/managers can implement to help achieve significant cost savings whilst protecting the environment.  As a success of last year we are...

  • Wexford Festival Opera has already reached 75% of ticket sales for 60th anniversary Festival

    Commenting on the figures, Chief Executive of Wexford Festival Opera, David McLoughlin said, “While greatly encouraged by the positive reaction to this year’s programme, and the strong demand from our loyal audiences for tickets, we are more dependent than ever on box office receipts. The...

  • Wexford Festival Opera and Febvre form a diamond alliance!

    Febvre, known for its original thinking in wine, understands that reputation is important and company executives trawl the world seeking out the finest wines.  The result is a carefully selected choice of award-winning wines that will delight the palate of Wexford’s opera lovers.  The wine...

  • Green Business Initiative Saves Wexford Businesses €370,000

    Following the success of last year’s programme, the Greening Wexford Festival Opera initiative will again be launched on Wednesday, 7th September at 10.30 am in Greenacres, North Main Street. During the launch a report detailing the success stories of last year will also be available and...

  • General booking opens for 60th Anniversary Wexford Festival Opera

    The 2011 Festival will mark 60 years since the first Festival took place in Wexford in October 1951, which opened with a production of The Rose of Castile by one-time Wexford resident, Michael William Balfe. Since that humble beginning Wexford Festival Opera has grown to be one of the...

  • Chorus of Wexford Festival Opera

    One of the principal aims behind the creation of the Chorus is to nurture the future stars of the Wexford opera stage. The Chorus is made up of thirty-two talented young singers, some of whom are outstanding students and some of whom are professional singers on the threshold of their...

  • La Cour de Célimène and Maria nominated for ‘Best Opera’ production in Irish Times Theatre Awa

    Also on the list of nominations is Maria by Polish composer Roman Statkowski written in 1903 and successfully premiéred in Warsaw in 1906 but which had received only six other productions before the 2011 production at Wexford.  It was directed by Polish-born director Michael Gieleta, who...

  • Booking opens Tuesday 5 June at 10:00

    The second mainstage production will be an opéra comique by Emmanuel Chabrier.  Written in 1884, Le Roi malgré lui (The King in Spite of Himself) had an ill-starred stage history, but its lively and melodic musical score was a success from the outset and was greatly admired by Debussy,...

  • Wexford Festival Opera and Barnardos

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  • 3 male, 3 female dancers required for Wexford Festival Opera

    Requirements:

    • Professional technical dance ability.
    • Acrobatics an advantage but not essential for all roles.
    • Strong performance skills neccesary.
    • Ability to work well as part of a team essential.

    Audition will be held at the Liffey Trust Studios, Dublin, Saturday the...

  • Co-production Le Roi malgré lui receives critical acclaim at Bard Summerscape

    With vocal fireworks, comedic cunning, an exuberant chorus and lively dances, all driven by a clever orchestral score, this production captures the essence of Chabrier’s satirically witty comic opera.

    What the US critics said:

    “...proof of this neglected work’s abundant charms”

    ...

  • Wexford Festival Opera is searching for two young singers

    The Festival will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of British composer Frederick Delius with a production of what is considered to be his finest opera, A Village Romeo and Juliet.  This exciting large scale grand opera is sung in English and in the first scene, the main characters...

  • Wexford Festival Trust Elects new Chairman

    Ger Lawlor, a long-serving board member and one of its two current Vice Chairmen, will assume the role of Chairman with effect from January 1, 2013, fulfilling the role of Chairman Elect in the interim period, working alongside outgoing Chairman, Peter Scallan, whose term of office expires...

  • Zurich Sponsors Opening Production of 61st Wexford Festival Opera

    Speaking at the sponsorship announcement, Conor Brennan, Director of Broker Distribution, Zurich said, “Zurich is delighted to support Wexford Festival Opera with its production sponsorship of L'Arlesiana.  Now in its 61st year, the event is celebrated as one of the World’s premier opera...

  • Ready, ‘Set’, Go for 61st Wexford Festival Opera

    Technical Director, Dave Stuttard, who oversaw the construction, commented, “The build took a little over 3 weeks to complete using local carpenters and engineers.  Now that the set for L’Arlesiana is finished, we are ready to receive the other 2 sets. Other specialty crew, who work...

  • Wexford Festival Opera in Major New Development Initiative

    With approximately 40% of its audience hailing from overseas, Wexford Festival Opera hopes to also attract a similar proportion of its philanthropic support from international sources.   Wexford Opera aims to build its American ‘Family’ by expanding and enhancing Wexford Opera’s media...

  • Two young local singers make their professional debut in 61st Wexford Festival Opera

    13 year-old Stephanie Kinsella, from Palace, Enniscorthy Co Wexford and Jack Power, also 13, from Adamstown Co. Wexford, were recently cast in singing roles in A Village Romeo and Juliet, by Frederick Delius, one of the main stage operas premiering in Wexford next month.  Both children, who...

  • EPA and Wexford Festival Opera in Community Partnership

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Wexford Festival Opera have joined forces in an effort to help people reduce waste and save money, while also helping to protect the environment.  As part of the community partnership, the EPA will have a presence at all of the ShortWorks...

  • An Outstanding Community Production

    Managing Director of Wexford Creamery Frank Ronan, made the official announcement at the Wexford Opera House with David McLoughlin, CEO of Wexford Festival Opera.
    The theme for this year's sponsorship is “An Outstanding Community Production”. Frank Ronan commented :

    ‘We want to highlight...

  • Wexford Festival Opera Repertoire 2013

    For our 62nd season, we have once again put together an exciting programme.  Our three main stage productions will be Nino Rota’s Il cappello di paglia di Firenze (The Florentine Straw Hat); the Jules Massenet double bill of Thérése and/ La Navarraise and Cristina, regina de Svezia by...

  • 40 Years Backstage at Wexford Festival Opera

    Backstage volunteer Viv Crofton was named the recipient of the 2012 Wexford Festival Opera / Zurich Volunteer of the Year Award during a special on-stage presentation preceding the public dress rehearsal for the Zurich sponsored L’Arlesiana in front of an audience of 771 people – most of...

  • Final Curtain Call for the 61st Wexford Festival Opera

    Special guest of honour for the evening was Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, T.D.  Addressing the closing night audience from the stage, the Minister commented, “Tonight’s production of ‘A Village Romeo and Juliet’ was made possible by the Festival securing a...

  • Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology and Wexford Festival Opera to build an allianc

    Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT) and Wexford Festival Opera have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT). Yesterday’s signing (Wednesday, February 6) of the Memorandum of Understanding was in the...

  • Best Set Design Win at Irish Times Theatre Awards

    This production, directed by Stephen Medcalf, received phenomenal acclaim during the 61st Wexford Festival Opera, with such quotes as:

    “… beautifully and economically designed by Jamie Vartan…”  Rodney Milnes – Opera Magazine

    “….. a triumph for set and costume designer Jamie Vartan…” ...

  • IN MEMORIAM

    Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, CBE (1936–2012)

    Richard Rodney Bennett’s opera The Mines of Sulphur was his first full-length stage work. Written in 1963 to a commission from the Aldebugh Festival, it was first performed at Sadler’s Wells in 1965. With its modernist style and gothic plot it...

  • Irish Times Theatre Awards for 2012

    The strength of the opera tradition in Ireland was one of the big surprises for the judges of the Irish Times Theatre Awards, especially in light of the ongoing controversy about the restructuring of funding mechanisms for opera. ‘There may be less opera’, Damian Downes, one of the judges,...

  • Wexford Festival Opera Nominated for Major International Opera Award

    The awards scheme is run under the auspices of the Opera Awards Foundation (http://www.operaawards.org), which is supported by Opera magazine and was conceived by London businessman and opera lover, Harry Hyman and John Allison, the editor of Opera magazine. It is described as being ‘the...

  • Launch of European Friends of Wexford Opera

    The first official event ever held by Wexford Festival Opera in continental Europe, the event marked the start of the establishment of a foothold for Wexford Opera in Europe, with the aim of extending its Friends Membership, in addition to enhancing its audience base and profile, in...

  • Launch of European Friends of Wexford Opera

    The first official event ever held by Wexford Festival Opera in continental Europe, the event marked the start of the establishment of a foothold for Wexford Opera in Europe, with the aim of extending its Friends Membership, in addition to enhancing its audience base and profile, in...

  • Priority Booking open at 10am

  • Booking opens on May 7th for the 62nd Wexford Festival Opera

    Online, telephone and in-person booking for all performances will commence at 10 am on Tuesday, 7 May. To avail of priority booking for all performances and events become a Friend of Wexford Festival, guaranteeing you exclusive access to the best seats for all main opera and day-time...

  • Dublin Recital Updates

    We are delighted to announce that Mariangela Sicilia and Annunziata Vestri will be performing at the Dublin Recital in the National Concert Hall on Tuesday 11 June. The two ladies who sang the roles of Vivetta and Rosa Mamai in Wexford’s 2012 production of L’Arlesiana will be accompanied by...

  • Over two thirds of seats already sold 3 months prior to opening of 62nd Wexford Festival Opera

    With just over three months to go before opening night, Wexford Festival Opera has reached 70% of target sales for this year’s festival.  With approximately 90% of transactions now cashless, credit/debit cards are now the norm for booking, making it quicker and easier for people to purchase...

  • Festival Diary: Countdown to Opera

    Everything changed on the opening of that year’s Wexford Festival Opera. The exhilarating fireworks on the quay were unlike anything I had ever seen before. Passing by O’Hanrahan Station, glamorous passengers disembarked from what was then the iconic Opera Train. Along Main Street, both...

  • Festival Diary: Calm before the storm

    In the meantime, I’ve begun to settle into Wexford Opera House. When I was starting out, I must admit I was terrified. Of course, I was excited about working during the opera festival. However, on my first day I became concerned about my perceive ‘failings’.

    I had never worked in public...

  • Festival Diary: A Hive of Activity

    The Opera House is a completely different place now. That’s far from a bad thing, of course. In fact, there is a bit more of an exciting buzz around the place. When I came to work last Tuesday morning, I was a little awestruck at all that running to and fro, the constant ringing of phones...

  • Festival Diary: A Sneak Peek of Wexford Festival Opera

    I think I’ve probably highlighted the fact that I am not completely au fait with opera, so I was a little nervous before I attended. At the same time, I was looking forward to learning as much as I could about the interpretation of this year’s programme. I was also a little curious to meet...

  • Festival Diary: Rehearsals Begin

    As I sit down, the sopranos and mezzos of Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze open their score sheets and prepare themselves for an intense three-hour rehearsal. At exactly 2.30pm, a slight tap of the conductor’s baton calls everyone in the room to attention. The répétiteur plays the opening...

  • Eoin Colfer to officially open 62nd Wexford Festival Opera

    It was announced today that internationally bestselling author and Wexfordian, Eoin Colfer, will officially open the 62nd Wexford Festival Opera on Wednesday, October 23 at 7pm in a special quayside ceremony and fireworks display, which attracts up to 20,000 people annually.

    Eoin, a...

  • Wexford Festival Opera Capitalises on its International Reputation

    Wexford Festival Opera succeeded in raising more than $250,000 from private donations at its inaugural fundraising event hosted by its recently formed US committee: The American Friends of Wexford Opera (AFWO), chaired by Shane Naughton with Loretta Brennan Glucksman as its Honorary Patron....

  • Festival Diary: Out of the fire and into the frying pan

    The green room, which was once empty outside of lunchtime, is now constantly full of singers, designers, directors and backstage staff. There has been some contention over plates being left in the sink, along with a worrying disappearance of coffee mugs. However, the green room seems like a...

  • The Countdown Begins: Artists arrive for thrilling season ahead

    Since the end of September, nearly every room in Wexford Opera House is being used for cast and chorus rehearsals, costume fittings, and putting the finishing touches on sets. The team of artists is truly international, and includes singers, designers and musicians from Ireland, America,...

  • Wexford Festival Opera announces S.Pellegrino as Official Water Sponsor

    The Maestro brought Opera to the appreciative ears of a larger audience worldwide and exported the same joy of being Italian that S.Pellegrino communicates on the best tables of over 130 countries.

    S.Pellegrino and its still-water companion, Acqua Panna, share Luciano Pavarotti’s devotion...

  • From Bach to One Direction:  Wexford Festival Orchestra members to host workshops for local students

    This year will see a special focus on encouraging and fostering young, local talent, as four world-class musicians will facilitate three workshops in three separate schools in Wexford.  The four musicians are currently members of The Wexford Festival Orchestra and will introduce students to...

  • Cast Update

    At that time, Opera Brittannia commented on his performance, “Filippo Adami was a brilliant, imaginative protagonist, notable for his strong lyric tenor and for his neck-breaking, acrobatic athleticism.”  Fillipo performed at Wexford Festival in 2007 in the double-bill of Pulchinella by...

  • More than one million listeners: Wexford Festival Opera goes global with live European broadcasts

    Although the final three nights of the festival are almost completely sold-out, Wexford Festival Opera will continue to expand its international reach through its partnership with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and its Irish national radio partner, RTÉ lyric fm, which since 2009, has...

  • Brilliance and potential rewarded: Wexford continues commitment to young talent with two bursaries

    Jennifer Davis moved to Cahir, Co. Tipperary at the age of 11, after living in England previously. She first studied English Literature in University College Dublin, but soon became more involved in musical performance after graduating. She joined an amateur musical society in Clonmel,...