Wexford Festival Opera will go on the town in Wexford with a series of daily Pop-up events comprising multidisciplinary performances featuring music, drama, singing and dance, which will be performed in various shops and businesses around Wexford town. Streamed daily on Facebook Live www.facebook.com/wexfordfestivalopera, to encourage audiences to observe social distancing guidelines, the Pop-up events are a central part of new Artistic Director Rosetta Cucchi’s vision to bring the Festival closer to the people of Wexford.
Gala Concert – Remote Voices, supported by Ecclesiastical in partnership with RTÉ Culture as part of Waiting for Shakespeare …The Festival in the air. Experience the magic for yourself, Friday 16th October 2020 as audiences across Ireland and around the world will have a chance to experience a taste of the magic of Wexford Festival Opera at home. From their home to your's comes performances from:Aigul Akhmetshina, Joseph Calleja, Daniela Barcellona, Juan Diego Flórez, Igor Golovatenko, Ermonela Jaho, Sergey Romanovsky and many more.
While many of us spent lockdown at home taking it a little easier, composer Andrew Synnott wrote an opera. When Wexford Festival Opera realised that the pandemic meant that they would be reimaging this year’s Festival, Artistic Director Rosetta Cucchi reached out to Andrew. She asked him if he would create a new opera to premiere as part of ‘Waiting for Shakespeare …The Festival in the air’ which audiences could enjoy online this October.
Written intensely over three months ‘What Happened to Lucrece’ was created with an online audience in mind and has three different endings. Composer and Artist-in-Residence at Wexford Festival Opera, Andrew Synnott’s new opera commissioned by the festival, is based on the Shakespeare narrative poem, The Rape of Lucrece, about the legendary Roman noblewoman Lucretia.
Covid can’t stop Culture as this year Wexford Festival Opera and the National Opera House will present an online performance of the final concert by the singers of the WEXFORD FACTORY, a young artist development programme for young Irish/Irish-based singers which is currently underway in the run up to the Festival which opens on Sunday 11 October. Capturing the glorious acoustics of the National Opera House, viewers will be able to enjoy the performances of these young singers from the comfort of their own home. You can view this performance for free on the Wexford Festival Opera YouTube Channel on Friday, 18 September at 7:30PM.
Mezzo-Soprano Anna Brady from Co. Dublin and Bass-Baritone Rory Dunne from Co. Kildare were named winners of the PwC/Wexford Festival Opera 2020 ‘Emerging Young Artist’ Bursary. 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.