Wexford Factory

Wexford Festival Opera is establishing the Wexford Factory to offer professional and financial support to young singers in the early stage of their careers. 

By creating the Wexford Factory, Wexford Festival Opera aims to offer one of the world’s most formative experiences for young opera singers who are about to take the biggest step of all into a fully professional career.

The Wexford Factory will train young Irish or Irish-based singers through intensive masterclasses held by internationally-renowned artists and professionals. Guest tutors will include world-renowned tenor Juan Diego-Flórez. In addition, graduating students will perform in a reduced version of Verdi’s Falstaff, one of the Pocket Operas being presented in 2020. Falstaff will be accompanied by the SinfoNua Orchestra, made up of young Irish musicians mentored by members of the Wexford Festival Orchestra.

Aims of the Wexford Factory

The Wexford Factory is in collaboration with TUD (Technological University Dublin), RIAM (Royal Irish Academy) and CSM (Cork School of Music). The Wexford Factory will train young singers through intensive masterclasses held by international artists and professionals. As a result, the renowned Wexford Festival Opera becomes, even more, a centre of cultural and educational importance in the international opera world.

The role of talent scouting, which Wexford Festival Opera has always cultivated over the years, continues to be one of the strategic points of its artistic vision. This role has made international artists affectionately and artistically related to the idea that Wexford was their springboard. Following this idea, Wexford Factory is going to become a great breeding ground of artists, employed by Wexford Festival Opera in the various Festival events as well as an entire opera production expressly dedicated to them.

To support this new and exciting initiative, you can:

a) Donate now online


b) Contact Ann Marie Dalton, Head of Development by phone on +353 87 901 2925 or email adalton@wexfordopera.com