Wexford Opera Festival 2017


Wexford Opera Festival 2017

Operatics and Theatrics in Wexford.
Since its humble beginnings in 1951, the Wexford Opera Festival has grown into one of the most important global celebrations of opera. But as well as the main operas in the magnificent Opera House, there is also a fantastic programme of events planned in this small but perfectly formed town in the South East. Below are just a few of our highlights from the festival which runs from Oct 19th to Nov 5th. We have many additional events listed on www.inspireme.ie. Or for the complete list check www.wexfordopera.com.

Operatic Delights


Each year the festival organisers create a programme that combines the well-known with the more obscure or challenging operatic scores. The highlight of the festival this year is Medea, an operatic comedy by the Italian composer Luigi Cherubini. Almost a complete sell-out, there are just a few tickets remaining for the performance on Oct 31st. But not to be outdone, there is another Italian treat on the menu this year. Margherita will be performed on stage throughout the festival and the wonderful cast will be sure to impress. Or why not head to the Clayton Whites Hotel in Ferrycarrig for La Scala di Seta, featuring one of Rossini’s most famous overtures.
La Scala Di Seta
La Scala Di Seta

Music for Everyone

As well as opera there is a wealth of other musical offerings in store. On Monday 30th Finghin Collins, one of Ireland’s most talented pianists, will be in residence. With a beautiful repertoire planned, including Chopin, Verdi and Wagner, this will be a delightful way to spend a morning. Or what about the magical combination of strings as violinist Chloë Hanslip joins forces with guitarist Redmond O’Toole on Tues 24th. One of Spain’s most famous classical guitarists Oscar Ghiglia is making the trip to Wexford this autumn. His Irish debut takes place on Monday 23rd. And will be sure to delight all music lovers.

Plenty of Drama

Dr Tom Walsh Lecture

Or if you prefer the spoken word, then why not try ‘My Real Life’. This is a theatrical charm from internationally celebrated Wexford author Eoin Colfer. Starring Don Wycherley, the play is a mesmerising 70 minute monologue. The main character Noel records his last words on an old cassette tape. Described as a black comedy and moving play about love, life and the Thompson Twins, this promises to bring a trip down memory lane for many. Or listen to the Dr Tom Walsh Lecture which this year features the acclaimed Irish actress Fiona Shaw.  As the director of Medea, she is sure to have some fascinating anecdotes and insights to share.

Wexford Opera Festival – An Unmissable Weekend

All over Wexford town there will be art exhibitions, live music, food and frolics providing the perfect backdrop to this most magical of festivals. So if you have not yet booked your tickets, don’t delay. There is a wonderful world of arts, music and culture to be uncovered in the sunny south-east this Autumn.

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Finally, all information correct at time of publishing.  You should always check with the event organiser before you travel.