National Opera House

The National Opera House is Ireland’s first custom-built, multi-purpose opera house and home to the world-famous Wexford Festival Opera. 

The stunning landmark building is nestled into the heart of the beautiful harbour town of Wexford and designed with a range of spaces which can be hired for conferences, photoshoots, product launches, meetings, receptions and events.  Have look inside this award-winning National Opera House.  

Hospitality rooms are available for hire during any National Opera House performance for private hospitality events subject to Government Covid-19 restriction guidelines. For more information on hiring spaces in the National Opera House, contact Aisling White on +353 53 916 3526 or email aisling@nationaloperahouse.ie.

National Opera House 360° tour

Highlights include:

  • A state-of-the-art auditorium tactfully inserted into a dense, historic urban plan; a “secret gem” tucked away behind a reinstated street front.

  • All walnut-lined auditorium, calling to mind the interior of a stringed instrument.

  • Lighting bridges within the room, precision-crafted to be shown off, like the bridges of a stringed instrument.

  • Stage and forestage layout and technology allow the presentation of six different performances in a three-day cycle.

  • Excellent sight-lines, optimised for performance on the forestage, in accordance with Wexford Festival Opera tradition.

  • Horseshoe-shaped balconies, where the audiences in the upper levels are brought into better contact with the stage, enhance the performance experience for audiences and performers alike. This layout, which was largely abandoned in 20th-century design, enhances the atmosphere by populating the side walls of the auditorium, making the audience more ‘visible’ to itself.

  • The operational flexibility given by the orchestra pit lifts, and the stage and backstage facilities, together with the horseshoe-shaped balconies, arguably qualify the National Opera House as Ireland’s first fully specified, purpose-built opera house.