Repertoire confirmed for 68th Wexford Festival Opera - Change to one of the main evening operas

As preparations for the 2019 Festival continue, Artistic Director of Wexford Festival Opera, David Agler, has confirmed a change to one of the main evening operas. Dorilla in Tempe by Antonio Vivaldi will replace the previously announced Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber. This new production will be presented in association with the prestigious Teatro La Fenice (Venice). The production will mark the welcome return of director Fabio Ceresa (‘Best Director’ International Opera Awards 2016) and costume designer Giuseppe Palella, who were the key creative team behind the critically-acclaimed operas Guglielmo Ratcliff (2015) and Maria de Rudenz (2016). This will be the first Baroque opera produced in Wexford since presenting Handel's Ariodante in 1985, and will offer our audiences great variety in this year’s overall programme. The repertoire change is in keeping with the reduced artistic budget associated with the more compact 2019 Festival.

The three main evening operas are:

Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet

Sung in French
22, 25, 29 Oct, 1 Nov

Dorilla in Tempe by Antonio Vivaldi 

Sung in Italian
23, 26, 30 Oct, 2 Nov

The world premiere of a newly commissioned opera, La Cucina by Irish composer Andrew Synnott performed as a companion piece with Adina by Gioacchino Rossini, a co-production with Rossini Opera Festival

Both sung in Italian
24, 27, 31 Oct, 3 Nov

The Festival will open on Tuesday, 22 October and run for 13 consecutive days, closing on Sunday, 3 November.  The 2019 Festival will include 12 main evening opera performances as well as an exclusive concert performance on the Bank Holiday – Monday, 28 October, of The Veiled Prophet by the Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford, presented in association with Heritage Music Productions, and headed by international pianist and Irish music specialist, Una Hunt. This eagerly-anticipated project, supported by a major grant from the Arts Council of Ireland, will be conducted by David Brophy and include several distinguished Irish singers.

Further information on the creative teams and the daytime programme will be announced ahead of the opening of priority booking. 

Priority booking for Friends of Wexford Festival Opera opens on Saturday, 23 March for Ensemble+, Aria, Cabaletta and Bravura Friends and commences Saturday, 30 March for all other Friends. General Booking opens on Saturday 13 April.

Wexford Festival Opera is supported by grants from the Arts Council, Wexford County Council and Fáilte Ireland/Ireland’s Ancient East.