5 Million Listeners to tune into 63rd Wexford Festival Opera via Live International Broadcast

An estimated 5 million people around the world will tune in on Saturday, 1 November at 8pm for the sold-out performance of the Italian comic opera, Don Bucefalo by Antonio Cagnoni, when it broadcasts to eleven European Broadcast Union (EBU) national public radio stations across the globe via media partner RTÉ lyric fm, live from what is now officially recognised as Ireland’s National Opera House.   

The opera will feature as part of Opera Night on RTÉ lyric fm, presented by Bernard Clarke. This live transmission will, on 1 November be available in Australia, Canada, USA, Spain, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Switzerland and Ireland.  The performance from Wexford will be further broadcast to even more countries in the coming weeks and months as a deferred broadcast.

In addition, Wexford’ two other mainstage productions this year will also be broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm, with a live transmission of Salomé by Antoine Mariotte, a rarely-performed operatic version of Oscar Wilde’s perceptive play, on Friday, 31 October and a pre-recorded performance on Saturday, 8 November of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, Silent Night by Kevin Puts, set against the backdrop of the spontaneous 1914 Christmas truce between enemy combatants in the First World War.  All three operas will be broadcast at 8pm GMT.  www.rte.ie/lyricfm/opera-night/

Every year, Wexford Festival Opera welcomes hundreds of music lovers through its doors to experience unique and mesmerising performances.  Since its inception in 1951, the Festival has continually attracted audiences from all over the world who wish to sample lesser-known and unjustly neglected works in the small, yet culturally vibrant Irish town.  Indeed, Wexford Festival Opera has had a long history of reaching out to all corners of the globe and participation with the European Broadcasting Union in conjunction with media partner RTÉ lyric fm, increases the ability to reach out to new audiences.

Wexford Festival Opera runs until 2 November.  www.wexfordopera.com.  

The 63rd Wexford Festival Opera is grant-aided by the Arts Council, Fáilte Ireland, and Wexford County Council. 

RTÉ lyric fm – Opera Night – 96-99 fm

Friday, 31 October – 8pm GMT

Live Broadcast – RTÉ lyric fm only

Salomé by Mariotte


Saturday, 1 November – 8pm GMT

*Live EBU Broadcast

Don Bucefalo by Cagnoni


Saturday, 8 November – 8pm GMT

Deferred Broadcast - RTÉ lyric fm only

Silent Night by Kevin Puts


*Participating EBU Radio Stations – Saturday, 1 November, 2014 8pm GMT:

USWDAV: United States

AUABC: Australia


CASRC: Canada

CHRTS: Serbia

DESR: Germany

PLPR: Poland

EEERR: Estonia

BGBNR: Bulgaria

SIRTVS: Slovenia

RSRTS: Switzerland

RTÉ lyric fm:  Ireland