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.
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.
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.
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!
Errol Girdlestone took up the helm of Chorus Master for Wexford Festival Opera in 2013. The position of Chorus Master at Wexford differs greatly in comparison to other opera companies or festivals.