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Programme and casting details announced for  69th Wexford Festival Opera

Programme and casting details announced for 69th Wexford Festival Opera

Ahead of the opening of priority booking for the 69th Wexford Festival Opera, newly appointed Artistic Director Rosetta Cucchi has revealed further details of her inaugural artistic programme including the casting for the three main evening operas, which comprises inspiring operatic talent from16 countries from across the globe, including Ireland, most of whom will make their Wexford Festival Opera debuts.

This year the festival is inspired by William Shakespeare. Each of the three main evening productions in the National Opera House will be based directly, or indirectly, on the life and work of this great poet and playwright. Three day-time operas entitled, Pocket Operas / Opera Beag, will continue this Shakespearean thread, with new productions on the themes of love, fun, and the darker side.

Wexford Opera at The Merrion

Wexford Opera at The Merrion

The Merrion Hotel and Wexford Festival Opera are proud to present an evening of the best entertainment and dining as they come together once again this year to present Wexford Opera at The Merrion for two exclusive performances on 17 and 18 June, set against the backdrop of The Merrion's historic Georgian Salons.

Wexford Festival Opera reflects on a successful 2019 as it prepares for 2020

Wexford Festival Opera reflects on a successful 2019 as it prepares for 2020

After a financially challenging 2018, resulting from the high costs of the ambitious artistic programme presented and lower than anticipated box office income, 2019 was a far more successful year, with a budget-beating box office performance and all costs coming in below budget. As a result, preliminary full-year financial results indicate that the company returned to delivering a surplus in 2019. 

Chief Executive, David McLoughlin, commented: “We are very grateful to all our supporters and stakeholders, in particular our audiences, for their strong and continued support of Wexford Festival Opera in 2019, which enabled us to present an artistically and financially successful Festival. We are excited by the new artistic and financial opportunities arising from our new Artistic Director’s ambitious programme for 2020.

Incoming Artistic Director Rosetta Cucchi announces her 2020 programme

Incoming Artistic Director Rosetta Cucchi announces her 2020 programme

Incoming Artistic Director Rosetta Cucchi announces her 2020 programme inspired by William Shakespeare and the launch of the Wexford Factory Academy for young Irish singers

The 69th Wexford Festival Opera will run from 20 Oct – 1 Nov 2020

2020 marks the inaugural Festival for Rosetta Cucchi as Wexford Festival Opera’s Artistic Director. To date only seven previous Artistic Directors have programmed the Festival over its 68-year history. Today Rosetta Cucchi announced her first exciting programme for 2020. For the first time, in a major new development, the Festival will be themed. Inspired by William Shakespeare, each of the three main evening productions in the National Opera House will be based directly or indirectly on the life and work of this great poet and playwright.

Eleanor White is Wexford Festival Opera’s 2019 ‘Volunteer of the Year’

Eleanor White is Wexford Festival Opera’s 2019 ‘Volunteer of the Year’

Having worn many hats in her five decades of volunteering with the Festival, Eleanor White was named the 2019 Ecclesiastical/Wexford Festival Opera Volunteer of the Year.  The announcement was made by Artistic Director David Agler and John Devitt, Sales Manager at Ecclesiastical Insurance, from the stage of the National Opera House in front of a capacity crowd of Festival volunteers, who attended the first public dress rehearsal of this year’s Festival, Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet.

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