Final Curtain Call for the 61st Wexford Festival Opera
Wexford Festival Opera took its final bow for the 2012 season last night after 12 days and nights of world-class opera. While final figures are not yet confirmed, Wexford Festival Opera sold well above 90% of its tickets in what is regarded to be one of the top opera festivals in the world.
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 significant grant from the Delius Trust. Such grant aid support from Trusts, particularly international Trusts, forms a key part of my philanthropic development strategies for arts and cultural organisations. Wexford Festival Opera is one of only 8 organisations, out of 54 applicants, approved for the new Arts Council RAISE initiative. I am also happy to say that I have approved Wexford Festival for the performance- related grant aid under my new Departmental Philanthropy Initiative.”
Welcoming the Minister’s announcement, Artistic Director, David Agler also took the opportunity to announce the repertoire for the next festival, ‘Our 62nd Wexford Festival Opera will include Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze (The Florentine Straw Hat) by Nino Rota, something I have wanted to do since I began my tenure here. Thérèse/ La Navarraise by Jules Massenet and Cristina, Regina di Svezia by Jacopo Foroni complete the mainstage opera repertoire for 2013. We will announce the creative teams and cast next spring before the opening of booking.’
The 62nd Wexford Festival Opera will run for 12 days from Wednesday 23 October to Sunday 3 November 2013. Booking for Friends will open on 7 May 2013, with general booking commencing on 4 June 2013.