Young Critics 2021

This year saw a return to our educational project in collaboration with Maynooth University. Third-year students studying 'Opera in Context', reviewed one of our 70th anniversary Festival productions online.  

"I am delighted to continue the collaboration between Maynooth Music Department and Wexford Festival Opera. It is great to see that, despite the cautious return to in-person events, WFO has decided to show many of their productions online. Although we all agree that in-person opera has a unique allure, with the advancement in digital technology, online productions are a good way to reach out to a younger audience who might not be able to travel to Wexford for the live festival. Like last year, as part of their assignments, students enrolled in the module Opera in Context, which I teach in collaboration with my colleague Prof. Christopher Morris, were asked to choose one of the productions that Wexford Festival Opera made available online and write a short review.

The purpose of the module is to introduce students to the world of opera and its "marvel", one of the keywords when opera was first created in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italy.  So it is exciting to read how the students engaged with this world through the online broadcast and to see their appreciation for a performance art with which they have little experience.  

The review is only a small gesture– and here I am happy to present the two best reviews - but it tells us that the future of opera is in good hands."

Dr Antonio Cascelli
Associate Professor in Music

Head of Music Department
National University of Ireland Maynooth


Read the reviews for yourself:

Le songe d'une nuit d'été  reviewed by Robert Moore

I Capuleti e i Montecchi  reviewed by Sarah Keane