Wexford Festival Opera are delighted to partner with Barnardos. Barnardos have 400 brand new dress suits for sale to help raise money for this vital charity. With promotional help from Wexford Festival Opera, Barnardos are offering people an affordable way to dress up for this internationally renowned Opera Festival, while benefiting the children and families Barnardos works with.
General booking commences on Tuesday, 5 June for the 61st Wexford Festival Opera. For 61 years, hundreds of thousands of visitors have made their way to Wexford in search of buried operatic treasure. This year the Festival will open on Wednesday, 24 October with L’Arlesiana by Francesco Cilèa. While the opera is rarely performed, many people will be familiar with the title as it features the famous tenor aria known as Federico’s Lament, È la solita storia del pastore.
La Cour de Célimène and Maria nominated for ‘Best Opera’ production in Irish Times Theatre Award
La Cour de Célimène, an opéra comique by Ambroise Thomas, composer of Mignon and Hamlet, was written in 1855 but only performed for a single season. Irish soprano, Claudia Boyle, who sang the title role in the Wexford production, was only the second soprano to have ever performed this demanding, yet sparkling role on stage. The production was directed by well-known director, Stephen Barlow, with a luscious 17th century French-inspired set and costumes, designed by Paul Edwards. The performances were conducted by Venezuelan conductor Carlos Izcaray, who also conducted the 2010 Irish Times Irish Theatre Award Winning ‘Best Opera’ production of Virginia by Mercadante for Wexford Festival Opera.
A highlight of the 2011 Festival will be the formation of a Chorus of Wexford Festival Opera, which follows on from the critical success and very positive feedback that resulted from the formation of the Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera in 2006.
Tuesday 7th June, general booking opened for the 60th Wexford Festival Opera. Booking, which commenced at 10am, has so far been brisk and sales for this year’s programme, including daytime and evening events, are already approaching 50% of maximum capacity at the close of priority booking.