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

While most people were on holiday in August, the crew of Wexford Festival Opera were busy building the set of the opening opera production, L’Arlesiana by Cilèa. The 19th century Italian opera about a man’s obsessive love for a mysterious woman is designed by Dubliner Sarah Bacon, who designed the Wexford ShortWork operas in 2007 and 2008.

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 exclusively in the Opera world are arriving daily to add to the many local crew already busy on the stage.”

“Each main opera takes turns rehearsing on the stage, thus requiring the sets to be assembled and disassembled for each production ever other day.  It can be quite challenging, but we are used to that in Wexford.” he added.

The Wexford Festival chorus arrives on 15 September with the rest of the artistic company arriving on 23 September.  Full company rehearsals begin thereafter, 6 days a week to prepare for the 12-day festival, which opens on Wednesday, 24 October and will run until Sunday, 4 November. 

This year’s programme includes 3 mainstage opera productions: L’Arlesiana by Francesco Cilèa; Le Roi malgré lui (The King in Spite of Himself) by Emmanuel Chabrier; and A Village Romeo and Juliet by Frederick Delius, as well as 2 daytime ShortWork operas: A Dinner Engagement by Lennox Berkeley and The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The 61st Wexford Festival Opera is grant aided by the Arts Council, Failte Ireland, and Wexford County & Borough Councils.  This year’s production sponsors are Zurich plc, and INM plc.

Tickets for all daytime and evening performances can be purchased on-line 24/7 on, or from the Wexford Festival Opera box-office, telephone: Lo-call 1850-4-OPERA or (053) 912 2144. Tickets from €15.