After 17 days and 62 events, the 67th Wexford Festival Opera came to a close last night after the final performance of the European premiere of Dinner at Eight by William Bolcom with libretto by Mark Campbell.
The Festival got off to a momentous start with the announcement by Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, of a €1m capital grant for the National Opera House. The building, which opened in 2008, is home to Wexford Festival Opera.
In another welcome development, for the first time ever, as part of Wexford’s long-running partnership with RTÉ, one of the Festival’s main stage evening operas, Saverio Mercadante’s Il bravo (The Assassin), was live-streamed worldwide on rte.ie/culture. Wexford Festival Opera and RTÉ also hosted a free, public screening of the live-stream in Clayton Whites Hotel for the community of Wexford. Il bravo is still available to watch as a web-exclusive on the RTÉ Player and in April 2019, will also be available to view on ARTE’s digital on-demand culture channel, ARTE Concert as part of ARTE’s 2019 Opera.
In addition to this, an estimated further 26 million people around the world tuned into the three main evening operas across 15 radio stations via RTÉ lyric fm as part of the European Broadcasting Union’s (EBU) Premium Opera Season.
The dates and repertoire for the 68th Wexford Festival Opera will be announced shortly, but until then, there is still a chance to experience the magic of Wexford by tuning into the double-bill of L'oracolo by Franco Leoni and Mala vita by Umberto Giordano, which will be broadcast on Saturday, 10 November at 7pm on RTÉ lyric fm, Opera Night programme presented by Paul Herriott. This is the ninth year of the partnership with Wexford Festival Opera and the EBU, which has brought Wexford to millions of listeners throughout the world.
Il bravo by Saverio Mercadante
www.arte.tv/en/videos/culture/ - April 2019
Radio Broadcast – RTÉ lyric fm
L'oracolo by Franco Leoni and Mala vita by Umberto Giordano
Saturday, 10 November 7pm
The 67th Wexford Festival Opera is supported by grants from the Arts Council, Wexford County Council and Fáilte Ireland/Ireland’s Ancient East.