Artistic Director David Agler has confirmed the repertoire for the main evening operas for the 67th Wexford Festival Opera in 2018. This is a change to the line-up which was previously printed on bookmarks made available in the National Opera House during the 2017 Festival.
The curtain fell on the 2017 Wexford Festival Opera. The final performance of this 18-day Festival was of the critically acclaimed Risurrezione by Franco Alfano which played to a capacity crowd in the National Opera House and was attended by the closing night Guest of Honour An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
The past 18 days have seen the festival present 65 events attended by thousands of patrons, from across Ireland and around the world to attend this internationally renowned festival, which was crowned ‘Best Festival’ at the 2017 International Opera Awards.
“…..a clutch of committed performances from one of the most vocally accomplished casts I have ever witnessed at Wexford.” – The Telegraph
Wexford Festival Opera will once again join forces with RTÉ lyric fm, its National Media Partner, to bring Wexford to an estimated 20 million listeners via the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), as the three mainstage evening operas from WFO 2017 are broadcast in Ireland and across the world.
Since the beginning, Wexford Festival Opera has sought to unearth 'Hidden Gems', be it the repertoire, singers, directors or conductors. But Wexford Town itself also harbours some 'Hidden Gems' which deserve to be discovered. Follow this simple map (with a suggested playlist of music) to discover a few things you may have not known existed. Enjoy!
Long-time volunteer Albert Lacey finally steps onto the stage to receive Volunteer of the Year Award
Front of House volunteer, Albert Lacey took his rightful place in the spotlight for a change as he was named the 2017 Ecclesiastical/Wexford Festival Opera Volunteer of the Year.
The announcement was made by Artistic Director David Agler from the stage of the National Opera House in front of a capacity crowd of Festival volunteers, who were in attendance at the public dress rehearsal of Risurrezione by Franco Alfano last Wednesday evening.