Rejection, jealousy and forbidden love are at the heart of the three mainstage operas on offer this year at the 64th Wexford Festival Opera, which takes place from 21 October to 01 November, 2015. Priority booking for Friends of Wexford Festival opened on Saturday, 28 February at 9.30 a.m., while general booking opens at the end of the month on Saturday, 28 March.
Specialising in unjustly neglected or rarely performed repertoire, the festival organisers have found three mainstage operas: Koanga by Frederick Delius, Guglielmo Ratcliff by Pietro Mascagni and Le Pré aux clercs by Ferdinand Hérold.
Wexford Festival Opera was founded in 1951 by a group of opera enthusiasts from Wexford town, headed by a local G.P., Dr Tom Walsh. This ambitious idea to produce a festival of lesser-known opera repertoire in a rural town in Ireland, has now grown into one of the top opera festivals in the world with approximately one-third of festival audience travelling to Wexford from abroad.
In addition to the three mainstage operas, this year’s programme also includes three daytime ShortWorks operas, concerts, lunchtime recitals, lectures and talks: 52 events over the 12-day Festival. There are a range of ticket prices for the evening operas starting at €25, while daytime events range from €10 to €25.
Wexford Town also hosts a Fringe Festival to coincide with the Opera Festival which includes art exhibitions, drama and musical performances, historical tours, and of course the Singing and Swinging Pubs competition. Full details on their website here.