Wexford Festival Opera

Thu Apr 29, 2010, 7:00PM - 9:00PM

O'Connell House

Thursday April 29, Notre Dame will be the host venue for the Artistic Briefing on the internationally renowned Wexford Festival Opera. Now in its 59th Year, Wexford Festival Opera is known throughout the world for it’s speciality in producing rarely performed repertoire.

The 3 Gossips from 'The Ghosts of Versailles' by John Corigliano - Photo by Patrick Redmond

This year’s programme is even more exciting as we are co-producing with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the World and European premiere of a new opera, ‘The Golden Ticket’ based on the book, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl. Wexford Festival Opera opens Saturday, October 16 and runs until Saturday, October 30, 2010. The Festival will open with an Italian opera by Mercadante, ‘Virginia’ and end with the 3rd opera, Hubicka (The Kiss), a rare Czech jewel of an opera written by Smetana. In between there are a host of Choral Concerts, lunchtime Recitals, Gala Concert and the very popular Shortworks programme, which feature 3 different operas approximately 1 hour in length. Alongside the Opera Festival is the Fringe Festival featuring a plethora of art exhibitions, theatre, a multitude of contemporary and popular music concerts and let’s not forget the ‘Singing and Swinging Pubs’ Competition. Visit www.wexfordopera.com for more information, including how to book and how to travel to Wexford. Wexford Festival Opera – Your Destination!

Wexford Festival Opera

Wexford Festival Opera began in 1951 by a local Dr and his friends from the local gramophone society who wanted to put on Opera productions in Wexford. From these humble beginnings, Wexford Festival Opera (WFO) has played a central role in the cultural life of Ireland, in the word of opera and the arts internationally. Wexford Festival Opera has grown from a single production operation of 4 performances to a major production house no featuring six different production and recital over a 15 day (and night) festival, culminating in over 40 quality events, heavily supported by its 300+ volunteer force. The festival attracts over 30,000 visitors each year, including business leaders and media from around the globe. Many great opera stars started out in Wexford, including Juan Diago Florez – now the most sought after tenor in the Opera World. It is said that more than one Opera singer arrived in Wexford with little more than a pencil in their pocket and left with numerous contracts to other Opera Houses in the World.

September 2008 marked a new beginning for Wexford as the brand-new, state-of-the-art Wexford Opera House opened its doors for the first time. The €33 million landmark building, (€26m from Dept of Arts, Sports & Tourism and €7 million from the private sector was completed on time and on budget) Ireland’s first fully-specified, purpose-built opera house, is nothing less than an international flagship for the arts. Its award winning design and world class acoustics have already ensured that Wexford Opera House will provide world class entertainment for generations of music lovers and fans of all performance art forms. To date it has received 7 international awards, most recently one from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

The Opera House has the capability for full radio and television broadcast, (live and recorded) and wi-fi throughout the building, making it also one of the most versatile venues in Ireland as well. It consists of 2 performance venues (The John and Aileen O’Reilly theatre with a maximum capacity of 852 and the more intimate, versatile, black-box venue – The Jerome Hynes Theatre – 172 seats.

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