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Our team

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The Wexford Festival Opera has an industry-wide reputation of excellence, providing rewarding opportunities.

Our core people plan, prepare, work, and fundraise for our festival, managing a year-round series of events, activities and outreach projects.

Over just two months, the Festival Company expands to 350+ dedicated individuals both onstage and offstage, with an army of volunteers, who join together to make our internationally acclaimed festival of opera happen and enjoyed by so many.

Leadership team

Rosetta Cucchi

Artistic Director

Artistic Director of Wexford Festival Opera since 2020, Rosetta Cucchi is a renowned musician and stage director. From her early studies at the Rossini Conservatoire in Pesaro and Bologna, she has directed with opera companies throughout the world. A previous Artistic Director of Lugo Opera Festival and Arturo Toscanini Foundation (FAT) in Parma, she brought the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra on tour throughout Italy, China, Germany and Bulgaria. Her first association with WFO was as répétiteur (1995) and her WFO directorial debut was with Braunfels’ Prinzessin Brambilla (2004). She has also directed at WFO, Risurrezione by F.Alfano, Adina by Rossini and La cucina by Andrew Synnott. Rosetta will at WFO 2023 direct La Ciociara by Marco Tutino.

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Randall Shannon

Executive Director

Randall Shannon began his career as an orchestral musician based in London, and spent ten years with orchestras in the UK and the Netherlands. Following this, he held management and then chief executive positions with Opera 80, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Opera Theatre Company (of which he was co-founder), Opera Northern Ireland and Buxton International Festival. He worked as an independent Arts Manager, Consultant and Producer in music, opera and film and television production, and held the position of Opera Adviser to the Irish Arts Council before joining Wexford Festival Opera.

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Staff directory

Our core people plan, prepare, work, and fundraise for our festival, managing a year-round series of events, activities and outreach projects. Over just two months, the Festival Company expands to 350+ dedicated individuals both onstage and offstage, with an army of volunteers, who join together to make our internationally acclaimed festival of opera happen and enjoyed by so many.

This list below includes select full-time staff members. For contact information for individuals not listed, please contact Main Office on +353 53 912 2400 or email boxoffice@wexfordopera.com

Assistant to Artistic Director
Andrea Pecchio
+353 53 912 2400, Ext 5502

Director of Artistic Administration
Nora Cosgrave
+353 53 916 3522

Company Manager
Nicky Kehoe
+353 53 912 2400, Ext 5553

Technical Director
David Stuttard
+353 53 912 2400, Ext 5586

Head of Production
Colin Murphy
+353 53 912 2400, Ext 5520

Accommodation
Phyllis McCarthy
+353 53 912 2400, Ext 5580

Head of Development
Ann Marie Dalton
+353 87 901 2925

Sponsorship Manager

Adeline Minchin
+353 85 708 8031

Donor Development Manager

Nuala Sheedy
+353 86 208 1354

Friends' Relationship Executive

Louise Carley
+353 53 916 3525

Marketing and Communications Manager
Elaine Sunderland
+353 87 962 0601

Marketing Executive

Kelly Veiga

+353 53 912 2400, Ext 5551

Media and Public Relations (Ireland)
Sinead O'Doherty
+353 86 259 1070

Media and Public Relations (UK/International)

Emma Menniss
+44 7766 655 998

Graphic Design
Roberto Recchia
+353 53 912 2400, Ext 5505

Box Office Manager
Anne-Marie O'Brien
+353 53 916 3527

Box Office Team
Geraldine O'Rourke
Abigail Way
Breena Hurley
Catherine Gaul

+353 53 912 2144

Financial Controller
Pat Whelan
+ 353 53 912 2400, Ext 5234

Financial Accountant
Anna Whelan
+ 353 53 912 2400, Ext 5572

Accounts Administrator
Megan Lawson
+ 353 53 912 2400, Ext 5235

Facilities Manager
Nicky Pender
+ 353 53 912 2400, Ext 5524

Richella MacCarvill
+ 353 53 912 2400, Ext 5501

Eleanor White
+ 353 53 912 2400, Ext 5501

If you are interested in joining our team, auditioning to be part of our Festival Chorus, Festival Orchestra or Wexford Factory programme, see all our current opportunities.