Wexford Festival Opera announced today that the three main evening operas for the 68th Festival in 2019 will be:
Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber
Sung in German
Adina by Gioacchino Rossini, a co-production with Rossini Opera Festival and performed alongside the world premiere of La Cucina by Irish composer Andrew Synnott
Both sung in Italian
Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet
Sung in French
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 a one-night only, exclusive concert performance of The Veiled Prophet by the Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford, presented in association with Heritage Music Productions, headed by international pianist and Irish music specialist, Una Hunt. The more compact structure is a return to what was in place for many years up to 2017 and is in response to customer feedback.
There will also be a full daytime programme of ShortWorks, recitals, and lectures, details of which will be announced in the New Year.
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.