Irish Times Theatre Awards for 2012
At the Irish Times Theatre Awards ceremony in Dublin at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham on 24 February 2013 the award for Best Set Designer went to Jamie Vartan for Wexford Festival Opera’s production of A Village Romeo and Juliet. Jamie is the designer for Cristina, regina di Svezia at Wexford Festival Opera this year.
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, commented, ‘but it is of a very high standard. From what we saw, it is not in crisis; it is thriving.’