Wexford Festival Opera Update

 A message from the Artistic Director and Chief Executive

After much consideration and with a heavy heart, Wexford Festival Opera has taken the very difficult decision to reschedule the previously announced artistic programme to October 2021. This decision has been taken as a result of the ongoing worldwide uncertainty regarding the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic into the autumn, and in the best interests of your health and welfare and that of our artists, volunteers and staff.

While we are extremely disappointed that we cannot greet you at the front door of the National Opera House in Wexford this coming October, the spirit which enabled a small provincial town to create a world-renowned opera festival will prevail. We are determined to leave no stone unturned to ensure that the Festival remains active, dynamic, and well placed to endure into the future, as we have successfully managed to do on many occasions over the past seven decades.

With the support and guidance of the board of directors we have been investigating all options to keep the music alive this year, and we are all very pleased to now inform you that, for this year only, Wexford Festival Opera will present to you a reimagined, online-streamed Festival, ‘Waiting for Shakespeare …The Festival in the air’. This online celebration of music will still encompass many of the artistic ambitions already set out for this year.

Full details of the new reimagined programme, including a video presentation and downloadable brochure, are available for you to view on this site.

We would invite you to consider making a contribution to Wexford Festival and our artistic mission, in particular our ongoing initiatives to develop the talents and careers of Irish singers. It is through your support that we can create an online musical celebration this autumn, and plan for the return next year, our 70th anniversary, of the Wexford Festival we all know and love.  

From adversity comes opportunity and we in Wexford are more determined than ever to confront and find solutions to the challenges we face.  Thanks to your invaluable support and enthusiasm, the indomitable spirit of Wexford has prevailed once again which enables us to continue in our mission to entertain, enlighten and enrich.

With much gratitude and warmest regards, 

Rosetta Cucchi          David McLoughlin                                                       

Artistic Director        Chief Executive