Dr Tom Walsh Lecture


The 2019 Lecture will be presented by two women closely connected to the Festival’s past, present, and future. Elaine Padmore (artistic director 1982–1994) will engage in conversation with artistic director designate Rosetta Cucchi. After her tenure at Wexford, Elaine went on to a further distinguished career as Director of The Royal Danish Opera and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

Rosetta is, of course, no stranger to the Wexford public. She first came to Wexford in 1995 as a member of the music staff before directing her very first opera as part of the Opera Scenes. Since 2005 she has been the associate of David Agler. From 2020 she will become the 8th artistic director of Wexford Festival Opera.

Rosetta began her career as a concert pianist having studied at the Rossini Conservatoire in Pesaro and DAMS University in Bologna, receiving her degree in both Piano and Music History.  She later received her Master’s degree from Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Pianistico di Imola.

From 2001 to 2015 Rosetta was appointed Artistic Director of Lugo Opera Festival and also began an intense collaboration with Teatro Comunale di Bologna.  From 2005 to 2018 she served as Artistic Director of the Arturo Toscanini Foundation (FAT) in Parma where, among her many accomplishments, she brought the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra on tour throughout Italy, China, Germany and Bulgaria.

Her association with Wexford Festival Opera began in 1995 where she initially acted as a répétiteur. Her WFO directorial debut came in 2004 with Braunfels’ Prinzessin Brambila. She has since directed three other operas at Wexford, most recently Alfano’s Risurrezione in 2017 and will direct Adina by Rossini (a co-production with the Rossini Opera Festival) and La Cucina by Andrew Synnott as part of this year’s Festival.

We are grateful for the ongoing sponsorship of the Lecture by Victoria Walsh Hamer who is the daughter of the Festival’s Founder, Dr Tom Walsh.

Jerome Hynes Theatre  |  National Opera House  | Tickets €10

Friday 1 November | 11 a.m.

Please join Rosetta and Elaine for a cup of coffee or tea after the lecture.