Wexford Factory

Wexford Festival Opera is establishing the Wexford Factory to offer professional and financial support to young singers in the early stage of their careers. By creating the Wexford Factory, Wexford Festival Opera aims to offer one of the world’s most formative experiences for young opera singers who are about to take the biggest step of all into a fully professional career. Working closely with our partner opera companies, The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, we will help them hone their musical and professional skills to start a brilliant journey in the industry. We are looking to audition the next generation of operatic talent for the 2020 Wexford Factory

Aims of the Wexford Factory

The Wexford Factory is in collaboration with TUD (Technological University Dublin), RIAM (Royal Irish Academy) and CSM (Cork School of Music). The Wexford Factory will train young singers through intensive masterclasses held by international artists and professionals. The renowned Wexford Festival Opera becomes, even more, a centre of cultural and educational importance in the international opera world.

The role of talent scouting, which Wexford Festival Opera has always cultivated over the years, continues to be one of the strategic points of its artistic vision. This role has made international artists affectionately and artistically related to the idea that Wexford was their springboard. Following this idea, Wexford Factory is going to become a great breeding ground of artists, employed by Wexford Festival Opera in the various Festival events as well as an entire opera production expressly dedicated to them.

Application Guidelines

1. ENROLMENT It is now possible to audition for the 2020 Wexford Factory, promoted and organised by the Wexford Festival Opera. Auditions will take place in January 2020 in Dublin.

2. REQUIREMENTS The course is aimed at singers that are of Irish nationality or resident in Ireland.

Candidates must meet the following essential requirements:

  • must be under the age of 35, by 31 December 2019
  • good knowledge of one of the following foreign languages: French, German, or Italian.
  • Irish citizen or resident in Ireland

The Directorate may allow exceptions according to merit.

3. DURATION AND STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE The dates for the Wexford Factory will be  1 September to 15 September in the National Opera House, Wexford. Each participant will receive a scholarship of €1500 plus accommodation. The Wexford Factory will comprise of masterclasses from belcanto to verismo singing style, art and technique of performance and will be led by some of the most illustrious singers and conductors of the opera world. These exciting lectures and workshops are a platform for singers to exercise their performance skills. As part of the Wexford Factory, and following on from September 15, Wexford Festival Opera will organise a workshop based on Falstaff by Verdi. At the end of this process, Wexford Festival Opera will produce a reduced version of Falstaff which will be performed during the 2020 Festival in the O’Reilly Theatre.  The performance dates are 22, 24, 27, 29 October 2020. Following these performances, there may be an element of touring.

4. SUBJECTS The course includes the following:

  • Masterclasses
  • Stagecraft
  • Belcanto style and technique
  • 19th and 20th Century Opera style and Technique


Masterclasses with

  • Ernesto Palacio, Artistic Director and Head of the Young Artists Programme at the Rossini Opera Festival
  • Dmitry Vdovin, Head of the Young Artist Programme at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow
  • Juan Diego Flórez, world-renowned tenor
  • Pianist for preparation and study
  • Vocal coaching for language and style
  • Stagecraft and coaching sessions with leading industry professionals.


All the lessons and the rehearsals will take place in the National Opera House, Wexford.

The work experience element of the course will take place during the 2020 Wexford Festival Opera and will consist of the production of Falstaff and other artistic performances within the Festival


The applications must be marked Wexford Factory and sent to Nora Cosgrave, Director of Artistic Administration, Wexford Festival Opera, High Street, Wexford or by e-mail to the following address: wexfordfactory@wexfordopera.com.

The following documentation must be included:

  • application form
  • one close-up photograph, and one full-shot photograph;
  • the candidate’s CV;
  • a copy of a valid identification document;
  • if available, letters of reference

Applications should be received by 31 December 2019 and will be validated by the date of the email or the postal stamp.

Evaluation & Audition selection: Selection for audition is subject to the evaluation of the candidate’s CV. This evaluation will be made by the Wexford Factory’s artistic panel and its decision will be final. The candidates selected for an audition will be notified by e-mail only. The auditions will take place at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on 25, 26 and 27 January 2020.

Audition: Candidates must prepare three arias. The arias must be sung in the original language and key, including, where applicable, the recitativo and cabaletta. The panel has the right to choose whether to listen to only part of the program.

Candidates are allowed to use their own pianist, however a pianist will be provided.


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