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Maestro Monday - Giorgio D’Alonzo - Music Director ‘Rigoletto’

Maestro Monday - Giorgio D’Alonzo - Music Director ‘Rigoletto’

New to Wexford this year is Giorgio D’Alonzo, Music Director for our ShortWorks production of Rigoletto as well as répétiteur for the evening opera, Margherita by Foroni, a work that hasn’t been performed since 1848; one familiar. one unknown; both exciting and challenging to this 24 year-old Italian pianist.

The Intern Diaries Week 1 - The Company has Arrived!

The Intern Diaries Week 1 - The Company has Arrived!

Think you need to be an expert on opera to enjoy it? Not so, says our Media Relations and Marketing Intern Carolyn in her new weekly blog series, 'The Intern Diaries'.  Find out the truth behind the myth and get the inside perspective from an opera-novice fulfilling her college placement at Wexford Festival Opera. 

Maestro Monday - Tina Chang - Music Director ‘La Scala di seta’

Maestro Monday - Tina Chang - Music Director ‘La Scala di seta’

Tina Chang makes a welcome return to Wexford this year to not only serve as music director on the ShortWorks opera La Scala di seta, but also act as répétiteur for the chorus rehearsals and Margherita. A typical day for Tina begins at 9.30 in the morning and finishes at 9.30 in the evening, 6 days a week. 

Maestro Monday - Andrew Synnott – Music Director and composer of ‘Dubliners’

Maestro Monday - Andrew Synnott – Music Director and composer of ‘Dubliners’

Wexford Festival Opera is thrilled to present the world-premiere of Dubliners by the Dublin-based composer, arranger, conductor and pianist, Andrew Synnott.  As the composer of this highly-anticipated new opera, it is only natural that he should also act as its music director. The opera is written for a cast of six singers, accompanied by piano and string quartet.  Dubliners is a co-production with Opera Theatre Company, of which Andrew has worked with extensively.

Maestro Monday - Andrea Grant – Head of Music Staff

Maestro Monday - Andrea Grant – Head of Music Staff

Wexford’s ‘Hidden Gems’ also applies to our music staff.  Andrea Grant is Head of Music Staff for Wexford Festival Opera, but is far less visible to our audiences and yet she is a key component to our success, not to mention one of the most hard-working people in the organisation - which is really saying something! 

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