Wexford Festival Opera



Wexford has been described as "the opera lover's perfect treat; the town has an exquisite small theatre which stages little known operas in elegantly economical productions". But Wexford is much more. The warmth and intimacy of the town, the genuine welcome of the people for visitors to the event, the antiques fair, singing and swinging pubs, and the coastal location, all add to make wexford a "setting that never goes stale no matter how often one visits". But then the Festival itself takes over the town with a festive air permeating every side street. The traders compete with each other for the prize of best feastive window. The artists and audience mingle in cafes and bars along Main street. Audiences gather from all over the world, as they have done for over forthy years, to experience the artistic delights in a unique atmosphere, a festival of international repute, with opera at its core. Eighteen performences are given, six of each of three operas, rescued from the unjust neglect and brought to life in productions by a Wexford festival company of international artists. Make sure you jion the tens of thousands of people who enjoy this unique celebration, this "unrivalled artistic asset for Ireland" . Make plans now. Read the brochure, book the tickets and come and jion us in 1996


The three main operas in 1996 are

these operas are accompanied by

Lunchtime Recitals :which are a series of short recitals presented by members of the festival company in the intimate surroundings of the wonderfully restores St.Iberius Church, followed by alight lunch in a nearby hostelry. The lunchtime recitals will consist of Tenors, Sopranos, Mezzo-Sopranos and Baritones, they will take place from October 21 st to November 1 st. Just a few of the artists appearing are Svetelina Vassilena, Daniela Barcellona,Alexandrina Pendatchanska,Elizabeth Futral and Darina Takova


Opera Scenes : Opera Scenes have evolved from the hugely successful format of previous years and consist of four programmes of ninety minute duration. Devoted to individual extracts from four popular operatic masterpieces they are performed in the original language, with piano accompaniment, principal characters and costume. Yet another unique Wexford experience, the o peras this year are Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Puccini's La Boheme and Massenet's Werther and all performances are at the Barn at White's Hotel.


Daytime Concerts :The daytime concerts will take place from the 9 th of October to the 3 rd of November and can be seen at St. Iberius Church, The Barn, White's hotel, Rowe Street Church, Ferrycarrig Hotel, Theatre Royal. The Daytime Concerts will consist of Dvorak's Mass in D, Janacek's Otce Nas, Liszt's Beatitudes, Bartok's Village Tales, Janacek's Diary of one who disappeared, Ma VIast, NSO, Nuovo Quartetto Italiano, Dr Tom Walsh's Lecture, Maureen O'Flynn Recital, Liszt's Christus and Dvorak's Te deum


Festival Buffets : A pre-opera feast where you can mingle with other opera-goers from around the world, before the evening performence. These buffets are held on three Saturdays of the Festival. Taking place in The Talbot and White's hotel.

Late Night Events :Starting off at around 23.30 every night the Late Night Events will feature Gershwin & Co., Gala Concert, Dana Gillespie and The Demon Barbers. Again the events are taking place in White's Barn and Theatre Royal


For Further Information : Contact South East Tourism or Theatre Royal, High Street, Wexford.
to IT Carlow to the Wexford page
Courtesy South East Tourism
2nd July 1996