With less than two weeks until the curtain rises on the 68th Wexford Festival Opera, details of the opening night ceremony on Wexford’s quayside have been announced.
The free, public event will kick-off from 7.15 pm on Tuesday, 22 October. The crowd will be addressed by the Mayor of Wexford, Councillor George Lawlor and Chairwoman of Wexford Festival, Mary Kelly. The Festival will then be officially opened by RTÉ lyric fm presenter, Marty Whelan, who is widely known for his popular radio programme ‘Marty in the Morning’ and ‘Winning Streak’, and as the always entertaining commentator of the Eurovision Song Contest each year. With family roots in Wexford, Marty is a regular attendee of the opera and will present his radio programme live from the Starview café in the National Opera House the following day. The short quayside ceremony will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display over Wexford Harbour at approximately, 7.40 p.m. ahead of the opening of the sold-out performance of Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet at 8 p.m.