Young Critics 2022

This year our educational project in collaboration with Maynooth University see third-year students studying 'Opera in Context' where they will reviewe one of our Festival productions online.  

'After the very successful collaboration between Maynooth Music Department and Wexford Festival Opera over the last two years, I am very pleased to announce that we continue with the Young Critics Project for this year's Festival.

For my colleague, Prof. Christopher Morris, and I, it has been a very rewarding experience to see students enrolled in our module on opera to engage with the operatic world through the online experience. For many of them, it has been the first time they had seen an opera, and their reviews let emerge a genuine sense of excitement for a music genre that, in the words of one of the first opera composers in seventeenth-century Italy, Marco da Gagliano (1608) is "a spectacle very pleasant beyond everything else [ which] the most the most delightful arts invented by human beings delight not only the intellect but every noble sentiment." I am sure this year's collaboration will be once more a very fruitful one.

We look forward to reading the reviews for Fromental Halevy's La Tempesta and presenting to the audience of the Wexford Festival Opera the best reviews written by our students at Maynooth University.'

Dr Antonio Cascelli
Associate Professor in Music

Head of Music Department
National University of Ireland Maynooth