This year the curtain will fall on a very different Wexford Festival Opera on Sunday 18th October with a special concert streamed live from the stage of the National Opera House featuring Irish soprano Claudia Boyle and Sicilian tenor Pietro Adaini accompanied by the Wexford Festival Orchestra and conducted by Francesco Cilluffo.
This special closing night event is kindly supported by Arachas, Ireland’s largest nationwide insurance broker.
Claudia Boyle, whose international career has grown from strength to strength, has previously performed with the Festival as Elena in Il cappello di paglia di Firenze by Nino Rota (2013) and as Célimène in La Cour de Célimène by Ambroise Thomas (2011).
The young Sicilian tenor Pietro Adaini makes his debut with Wexford Festival Opera but has already made quite an impression on the operatic stage in Italy and beyond with Bel Canto repertoire.
Conductor Francesco Cilluffo is best remembered by Wexford audiences for leading the critically-acclaimed operas Guglielmo Ratcliff by Pietro Mascagni (2015), Risurrezione by Franco Alfano (2017), and most recently the double-bill of L’oracolo by Franco Leoni and Mala vita by Umberto Giordano (2018). La Stampa named Francesco Cilluffo as one of the top young Italian conductors on the international circuit today.
Listen live at RTÉ lyric fm presented by Paul Herriott and watch the livestream at RTE.ie/Culture, catch up on RTÉ Player and on RTÉ Player’s exclusive Wexford Festival Opera pop-up channel.
Speaking of the sponsorship, Conor Brennan CEO of Arachas said “Arachas is delighted to support the Wexford Festival Opera again this year in a virtual celebration of the Arts. We are all living through extraordinary times, and are all in need of arts and culture more than ever to help celebrate, connect, and inspire each other. As an insurance broker, looking out for people is at the heart of everything we do and we believe that supporting our communities through Arts and Culture is so important. We wish the organisers of the Wexford Festival Opera every success in the virtual festival this year and have no doubt that it will be enjoyed by all, as always.”
“The foresight of corporate partners such as Arachas to continue their support for Wexford this year, despite all the challenges and uncertainty, has been crucial in enabling Wexford present a reimagined Festival against all the odds. This investment by Arachas in live Irish cultural performance is more vital and appreciated than ever.” David McLoughlin, CEO Wexford Festival Opera
This October audiences across Ireland and around the world will have a chance to experience a taste of the magic of Wexford Festival Opera at home. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s reimagined Festival Waiting for Shakespeare… The Festival in the air will be an online celebration, starting on 11 October and running over eight consecutive days. This reimagined Festival aims to bring together audiences and the wider worldwide Wexford community through the power of music. For full details of Waiting for Shakespeare... The Festival in the air and to download the brochure go to wexfordopera.com
Wexford Festival Opera would like to thank the Arts Council, RTÉ, Wexford County Council, Fáilte Ireland/Ireland’s Ancient East and the Festival’s Friends, sponsors and donors. It is only through their invaluable support that Wexford Festival Opera can, in turn, continue to reach out on a global scale to enrich, entertain and enlighten audiences during these uncertain times.
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