Become a Friend

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Your generous Friends’ membership contribution directly funds vital elements of each Festival, including Education, the Chorus, Young Artist Bursary, Pocket Operas, and Mainstage Opera performances. We are grateful for your support and together, we can ensure that Wexford and the Festival maintain the world-class standards that have made it so highly-regarded and indeed envied around the world.

We can't thank you enough! Grazie dal cuore! Merci beaucoup! Vielen Dank! Go raibh maith agat!

Choose a Membership Level

Prelude (under 35) - €80

Prelude (under 35) - €80

Offered to younger music enthusiasts who enjoy different musical experiences and who are developing a love for opera.

Join or Renew
  • Supporting
  • Mainstage Opera Performance Priority Booking
  • Priority Seating
  • Discounted Tickets to Friends' Events - 15%
  • Subsidised Opera Tickets - €40 (subject to availability)
  • Recognition: Festival Programme Book & Website - Single
  • Interval Receptions and Access - Foundation Room
  • Access to European Opera Tour
  • Friends’ Recitals & In Conversation Events
  • Programme Book, Newsletter, CD, and Lapel Pin
  • Eligible for Tax Refunds (Irish residents)
  • Opportunities to meet artists at cast parties/dinners
  • Seat Endowment
Chorus - €125

Chorus - €125

A great way to support the Festival Chorus and enjoy many of the benefits of full membership throughout the year at an affordable price.

Join or Renew
  • Supporting - Chorus
  • Mainstage Opera Performance Priority Booking
  • Priority Seating
  • Complimentary Tickets to Friends' Events - Tickets
  • Access to Tickets for each performance - 4 Tickets
  • Recognition: Festival Programme Book & Website - Single
  • Interval Receptions and Access - Festival Room
  • Access to European Opera Tour
  • Friends’ Recitals & In Conversation Events
  • Programme Book, Newsletter, CD, and Lapel Pin
  • Eligible for Tax Refunds (Irish residents)
  • Opportunities to meet artists at cast parties/dinners
  • Seat Endowment
Ensemble - €185

Ensemble - €185

Supporters are at the heart of the Festival, bringing the warmth and camaraderie that provides the ‘Wexford Experience’ like no other Festival. Ensemble Friends’ contribute directly to the wonderful Festival Orchestra.

Join or Renew
  • Supporting - Opera Orchestra
  • Mainstage Opera Performance Priority Booking - In advance of general access (2 weeks)
  • Priority Seating
  • Complimentary Tickets to Friends' Events - 4 Tickets
  • Access to Tickets for each performance - 6 Tickets
  • Recognition: Festival Programme Book & Website - Single/Joint
  • Interval Receptions and Access - Foundation Room
  • Access to European Opera Tour
  • Friends’ Recitals & In Conversation Events
  • Programme Book, Newsletter, CD, and Lapel Pin
  • Eligible for Tax Refunds (Irish residents)
  • Opportunities to meet artists at cast parties/dinners
  • Seat Endowment
Ensemble Plus - €300

Ensemble Plus - €300

Ensemble + provides additional benefits for those seeking the best seating and priority upgrade privileges for the 2019 season. Contributions at this level – and above – may attract a potential tax rebate up to 45%, making your gift to Wexford Opera more impactful.

Join or Renew
  • Supporting - Creative Team
  • Mainstage Opera Performance Priority Booking - In advance of general access (3 weeks)
  • Priority Seating
  • Complimentary Tickets to Friends' Events - 6 Tickets
  • Access to Tickets for each performance - 8 Tickets
  • Recognition: Festival Programme Book & Website - Single/Joint
  • Interval Receptions and Access - Foundation Room
  • Access to European Opera Tour
  • Friends’ Recitals & In Conversation Events
  • Programme Book, Newsletter, CD, and Lapel Pin
  • Eligible for Tax Refunds (Irish residents)
  • Opportunities to meet artists at cast parties/dinners
  • Seat Endowment
Aria - €500

Aria - €500

Friends provide wonderful opportunities for a range of promising young artists selected from members of the chorus and/or principal singers. The support provided ensures the continued development of both Irish and international singing talent.

Join or Renew
  • Supporting - Young Artist Bursary
  • Mainstage Opera Performance Priority Booking - In advance of general access (3 weeks)
  • Priority Seating
  • Complimentary Tickets to Friends' Events - 8 Tickets
  • Access to Tickets for each performance - 10 Tickets
  • Recognition: Festival Programme Book & Website - Single/Joint
  • Interval Receptions and Access - Foundation Room
  • Access to European Opera Tour
  • Friends’ Recitals & In Conversation Events
  • Programme Book, Newsletter, CD, and Lapel Pin
  • Eligible for Tax Refunds (Irish residents)
  • Opportunities to meet artists at cast parties/dinners
  • Seat Endowment
Cabaletta - €1000

Cabaletta - €1000

A new level providing support to a ShortWork performance which will be named to celebrate the commitment of this special group. Cabaletta Friends also enjoy access to the highest level of priority booking.

Join or Renew
  • Supporting - ShortWork Performance
  • Mainstage Opera Performance Priority Booking - In advance of general access (3 weeks)
  • Priority Seating
  • Complimentary Tickets to Friends' Events - 10 Tickets
  • Access to Tickets for each performance - 12 Tickets
  • Recognition: Festival Programme Book & Website - Single/Joint
  • Interval Receptions and Access - Foundation Room & Founders' Room
  • Access to European Opera Tour
  • Friends’ Recitals & In Conversation Events
  • Programme Book, Newsletter, CD, and Lapel Pin
  • Eligible for Tax Refunds (Irish residents)
  • Opportunities to meet artists at cast parties/dinners
  • Seat Endowment
Bravura - €2000

Bravura - €2000

Provide funding support for one mainstage production each year, helping to maintain the highest possible standards. Bravura Friends have the opportunity to attend a private lunch with members of the cast and creative team of the relevant opera.

Join or Renew
  • Supporting - Mainstage Opera Performance
  • Mainstage Opera Performance Priority Booking - Personalised Assistance
  • Priority Seating
  • Complimentary Tickets to Friends' Events - 12 Tickets
  • Access to Tickets for each performance - 14 Tickets
  • Recognition: Festival Programme Book & Website - Single/Joint
  • Interval Receptions and Access - Foundation Room & Founders' Room
  • Access to European Opera Tour
  • Friends’ Recitals & In Conversation Events
  • Programme Book, Newsletter, CD, and Lapel Pin
  • Eligible for Tax Refunds (Irish residents)
  • Opportunities to meet artists at cast parties/dinners
  • Seat Endowment

Friends' Newsletter

The Friends' Newsletter for 2020 is now available here

Further Information

Please contact Louise directly on +353 53 916 3525 or email louise@wexfordopera.com or friends@wexfordopera.com

Priority Booking 2020

Priority booking for the 69th Wexford Festival Opera opens on Saturday, 21 March 2020 for Ensemble +, Aria, Calabetta and Bravura Friends of Wexford Festival Opera. Booking for Ensemble Friends opens on Saturday, 28 March, 2020.  Public booking opens on Saturday, 4 April 2020.

The job of an artistic director is very similar to that of a great chef: the chef searches for the best ingredients to create a delicious recipe. The artistic director puts together the best singers, directors, conductors, orchestra and chorus members, and technicians, to create the season’s productions to present to you. Our Friends’ ensure that we are able to gather the finest ingredients” -   Rosetta Cucchi

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