Wexford Factory

Wexford Festival Opera has historically served as a springboard for many young singers at the beginning of their careers onto the international stage. The Wexford Factory, a professional development programme for young Irish or Irish-based singers, builds on this tradition and enables young singers to develop and learn from some of the best artists and coaches in the world.

Wexford Festival Opera has historically served as a springboard for many young singers at the beginning of their careers onto the international stage. The Wexford Factory, a professional development programme for young Irish or Irish-based singers, builds on this tradition and enables young singers to develop and learn from some of the best artists and coaches in the world. 

The 13 members of the inaugural Wexford Factory 2020/2021 Academy are: Anna Brady, Ava Dodd, Rory Dunne, Andrew Gavin, Francesca Federico, David Howes, Kathleen Norchi, Conall William O’Neill, Jade Phoenix, Sarah Richmond, Sarah Shine, Vladimir-Mihai Sima and Gianni Giuga (representing the Rossini Opera Festival).

The Wexford Factory is designed to mentor young singers through masterclasses led by internationally recognised artists and professionals. In 2020, guest tutors included world-renowned tenor Juan Diego-Flórez, Irish soprano Celine Byrne, as well as Ernesto Palacio of the Rossini Opera Festival and Dmitry Vdovin, head of the Bolshoi’s Young Artist programme. Veteran Wexford Festival Opera director Roberto Recchia, Classical Music journalist Michael Dervan, movement specialist Sara Catellani and Rosetta Cucchi also provided guidance and instruction.

After two-weeks of intensive masterclasses, the members went onto perform in Falstaff Chronicles, a six-part mini-series rendition of Verdi’s masterpiece Falstaff, which is still available to enjoy online through the WFO YouTube Channel. They will also form an integral part of the 2021 Festival in October, details to be announced soon.

The Wexford Factory is in collaboration with the Technological University Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. In keeping with the international profile and reach of Wexford Festival Opera, a partnership with the Bolshoi Academy, Moscow, the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, and Opera for Peace has also been established.

“An international company of the performing arts must help the younger generation to grow and thrive as artists and a great company like Wexford Festival Opera has a duty and responsibility to establish an educational scheme such as the Wexford Factory."  - Rosetta Cucchi, Artistic Director

You can help to support this vital programme by choosing to donate to the Wexford Factory, thereby helping to provide training and education for these emerging young artists and enabling them the unique opportunity to realise their dreams.

Read more about these promising young artists here.

Wexford Factory supported by

PwC Ireland


Fundación Arnhold de la Cámara