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A-Z to OPERA - a beginners guide to everyday opera lingo

A-Z to OPERA - a beginners guide to everyday opera lingo

Coming to the Festival, but feel a little intimidated by opera? Not to worry! We’re here to help.  All you really need to know to enjoy yourself at the Festival is that you have a love of music and live performances on an epic scale - with the added pleasure of dressing up and making a grand occasion of the evening.  Think about it: you don't need to be a wine-expert to enjoy a glass or two, do you?  Opera is no different. We can help with the rest!  However, if you would feel more comfortable having a bit of opera lingo under your belt to enhance your Wexford Festival Opera experience, here are few terms that may help draw back the curtains of intimidation (and a few phrases you can throw into conversation for fun!)

The Intern Diaries - Week 3 - The Production Process

The Intern Diaries - Week 3 - The Production Process

Over the last few weeks I have spoken mainly about the main operas, the ShortWorks, the singers and the directors. Now I think I’m ready to dedicate my time and talk about all the craziness that actually goes into running and organising the festival. With this in mind, I’d like to introduce Company Manager, Giuliano Guernieri and Assistant Company Manager, Nicky Kehoe. These men keep the boat afloat. Literally, without their precise organisation, I don’t think the Festival would be possible.

Meet Timothy Myers, conductor of Margherita

Meet Timothy Myers, conductor of Margherita

Wexford Festival Opera chats with American conductor Timothy Myers (conductor of this year's Margherita) about returning to Wexford, bringing Foroni's Margherita back to life and what makes this Festival different from others.

Previous Wexford Festival Opera engagements for Timothy include...

The Intern Diaries - Week 2 - The Design Presentations

The Intern Diaries - Week 2 - The Design Presentations

Week 2 of rehearsals at Wexford Festival Opera. Think you need to be an expert on opera to enjoy it? Not so, says our Media Relations and Marketing Intern Carolyn as she gives an account of her observations in '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 - 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.

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