Artistic Director of Wexford Festival Opera, David Agler has today announced details of this year’s Festival. There is a distinctly Irish flavour to the programme featuring not just one, but two Irish composers on the O’Reilly Theatre stage of the National Opera House including the world-premiere of a newly-commissioned opera by Irish composer Andrew Synnott, La cucina, and a concert version of The Veiled Prophet by the Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford, to be conducted by David Brophy, presented in association with Heritage Music Productions, headed by international pianist and Irish music specialist Una Hunt, and supported by a grant from The Arts Council. La cucina will be presented as a companion piece to one of Gioachino Rossini’s lesser known operas Adina. This year’s programme will also feature the first Baroque opera to be performed at WFO in over 30 years, Dorilla in Tempe by Antonio Vivaldi. The Festival will continue its long association with Massenet, presenting its 10th opera production by the French composer, Don Quichotte.
As preparations for the 2019 Festival continue, Artistic Director of Wexford Festival Opera, David Agler, has confirmed a change to one of the main evening operas. Dorilla in Tempe by Antonio Vivaldi will replace the previously announced Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber.
The Board of Wexford Festival Opera has announced Rosetta Cucchi as the new Artistic Director of the Festival. She will take up the six-year position when the current Artistic Director David Agler finishes his tenure after the 2019 Festival.
Wexford Festival Opera announced today the three main evening operas and dates for the 68th Festival in 2019.
Wexford Festival Opera, thanks to the generosity of three donors, awarded artistic bursaries to Irish violinist and conductor Cillian O'Breacháin (The Liam Healy Bursary), Polish baritone Simon Mechlinski (The Gerard Arnhold Award) and Venezuelan baritone, Gustavo Castillo (The Aria Friends’ Bursary) on the final weekend of the Festival.