David Agler first appeared at the Wexford festival in 1996 and took over as Artistic Director in 2005. Since my first visit to Wexford in 2008, I have returned every October to see him greet the audience before each performance at the entrance of the splendid National Opera House. Recently, on a...
As we are coming to a close on our 67th Opera Festival , we sat down with the Assistant Company Manager, Sheldon Baxter and Artistic Intern, Alessandro Ambrosini, who took time out of their busy schedules to tell us about their experience during Wexford Festival Opera.
South Korean baritone Joo Won Kang, makes a welcome return to Wexford after his critically acclaimed performance in Donizetti’s rarely performed opera, Maria de Rudenz. Opera News called him ‘…the voice of the Festival.’ But despite all the fanfare and the colourful characters he plays...he’s just a regular guy.
From a little town in Illinois to New York, soprano Brenda Harris sits down with us to talk about her life as a world-travelling Opera Singer. She makes her Wexford debut singing the role of Carlotta in Dinner at Eight by William Bolcom, as well as directing the ShortWorks production of La fanciulla del West by Puccini. What can’t she do?
Director, Renaud Doucet is a French stage director and choreographer and is one half of the creative team Barbe & Doucet. He makes a welcome return to Wexford to direct his fourth production, Il bravo by Saverio Mercadante, set in 16th century Venice, where he and André now make their home. Renaud took time out of his hectic rehearsal schedule to talk to us about Il bravo and why he is so passionate about his profession.