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.
After 17 days and 62 events, the 67th Wexford Festival Opera came to a close last night after the final performance of the European premiere of Dinner at Eight by William Bolcom with libretto by Mark Campbell.
With the 67th Wexford Festival Opera in full swing, Wexford soprano Maria Hughes and Dublin tenor, Richard Shaffrey, are announced as the 2018 PwC/Wexford Festival Opera ‘Emerging Young Artist’ bursary winners. This initiative serves to support and celebrate Ireland’s Emerging Young Artists from the opera world and helps to contribute towards the many costs associated with furthering their careers.
Each year thousands of visitors from Ireland and around the world travel to Wexford to discover hidden operatic gems. This year audiences around the world will have the chance to experience the magic of Wexford Festival Opera for themselves without ever leaving their homes.
As part of Wexford’s long-running partnership with RTÉ, for the first time ever, the national broadcaster will live-stream one of the Festival’s main stage evening operas. The Bank Holiday Saturday performance of Saverio Mercadante’s Il bravo (The Assassin) will be streamed live from the National Opera House via www.rte.ie/culture on 27 October.
Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht today announced a €1m capital grant for the National Opera House, in advance of the opening of the 67th Wexford Festival Opera, which opens tonight with a ceremony and fireworks display on Wexford’s quay front. The National Opera House on High Street, is home to the internationally acclaimed Wexford Festival Opera. Minister Madigan will be in Wexford this evening to officially open the Festival.