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.
With only a few days to go until the Festival kicks off, glasses were raised to toast long-time volunteer, Selina Scott who was named the 2018 Ecclesiastical/Wexford Festival Opera Volunteer of the Year. Selina is latest addition to a long list of Festival Volunteers to be honoured since the awards began in 2011.
The board of Wexford Festival Trust has elected Dr Mary Kelly as its incoming Chairperson in succession to the current Chairman, Mr. Ger Lawlor who will complete his term of office at the end of 2018. Dr Kelly will take up the post on January 1st next.
Opera-goers encouraged to wear a touch of green to symbolise how even small changes can help protect the environment
The Green Carpet will be laid out for patrons attending Wexford Festival Opera on Tuesday, 30 October as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) comes together with Wexford Festival Opera to go ‘Green’ on the night to highlight how even small individual changes can have a big positive impact on the environment.
The initiative invites opera-goers on the night to make a small, symbolic change to their attire, signifying a commitment to making ‘small changes’ in their lives to help the environment. People are encouraged to make a small change to their opera-wear that evening, such as a green bow-tie, a green piece of jewellery, a green pocket square, green shoes, green nail varnish; the possibilities are endless! Patrons will also enter that night via a green carpet at the front entrance of the National Opera House, which will be bathed in green light. The message is that small changes can make a great difference.
Wexford Festival Opera is delighted to announce that RTÉ lyric fm presenter Liz Nolan will host the annual Gala Concert which will take place in the O’Reilly Theatre in the National Opera House at 8.30pm on Sunday, 28 October. The Gala Concert is one of the highlights of Wexford Festival Opera and features a collection of favourite party pieces performed by members of the Festival’s cast.