Ahead of the opening of priority booking for Friends of the Festival on Saturday, 24 March, details of the full programme for the 67th Wexford Festival Opera are announced. Continuing its tradition of presenting the ‘best operas rarely seen’, this year’s Festival includes a verismo double-bill, a European premiere and a classic Wexford offering involving kidnapping, murder, arson and a posh New York dinner party that doesn't quite go to plan! All this plus three daytime ShortWorks operas, concerts, recitals, theatre and talks. 62 public events over the autumn 17-day period.
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!