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.

This year's performance is the romantic opérette, Pomme d'api (Little Red Apple) by French composer Jacques Offenbach, sung in its original French, with dialogue in English. The evening will commence with a champagne reception, followed by the performance and a private dinner in the Georgian Salons of The Merrion with a specially created menu by Executive Head Chef Ed Cooney.

The opérette is set in Paris in the home of an old philanderer, but staunch bachelor, Rabastens, as he awaits a visit from his nephew Gustave, who is in love with Pomme d’api (little red apple).  A nickname Gustave bestowed upon her. However, Rabastens disapproves of the relationship and cuts off his nephew’s allowance and insists that he looks for someone else rather than continuing his relationship with Pomme d’api.

In the meantime Rabastens himself is enchanted with his new housemaid Catherine, who, as Gustave soon discovers, is no other than his beloved Pomme d’api. Rabastens offers to make Catherine his mistress, but a dinner finally brings about the denouement. Rabastens realises that he has no chance against the young people’s love.

Peter MacCann, General Manager of The Merrion Hotel, said: “We are delighted to welcome once again the world-renowned Wexford Festival Opera to perform against the backdrop of The Merrion’s Georgian Salons. Last year’s event was a huge success and we were thrilled with how it was received by all those in attendance.”

Recently appointed Artistic Director of Wexford Festival Opera, Rosetta Cucchi added, “It is incredibly inspiring to stage this opera in the lush and elegant surroundings of The Merrion.  We are both very passionate about what we do and this synergy will create a fervent feast for all the senses!”

This is the perfect corporate hospitality opportunity or indeed just a lovely evening to enjoy with friends, family or colleagues.

Numbers will be limited for this black-tie event, so to book tickets for Wexford Opera at The Merrion ring 053-9163527 / 053-9122144 or email merrion@wexfordopera.com

Winner of the 2017 Best Opera Festival in the World title, Wexford Festival Opera runs from 20 October – 1 November. Wexfordopera.com