Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wexford Opera Festival

Situated in the south east corner of Ireland, Co. Wexford has a wonderful mix of mountainous scenery, river valleys and unspoiled sandy beaches. The Hook Lighthouse, Irish National Heritage Park and Dunbrody Famine Ship attract many visitors, along with the world famous Wexford Opera Festival.

The Wexford Festival Opera has been running since 1951, playing a central role in the cultural life of Ireland and in the world of Opera and Arts internationally. From small and humble beginnings it has achieved world-wide success and critical acclaim by demonstrating passion, innovation and a willingness to lead audiences and artists into neglected territories to explore the rich vein of operatic work worldwide.

The 60th season of the Wexford Festival Opera opens on Friday, October 21st and runs until Saturday November 5, 2011. This year’s festival will fun for 16 days. The 3 main stage operas will run in 4 cycles of 12 evening performances in total. Evening dress and black-tie are the recommended dress code for the evening operas.

Situated on the same site as the previous Theatre Royal, the Wexford Opera House plays host to this famous event. The Opera House has been designed to provide a world-class acoustic environment for opera by international acoustician Arup Acoustics. A state-of-the-art auditorium tactfully inserted into a dense, historic urban plan; a “secret gem” tucked away behind a reinstated streetfront. From Wexford Opera House there are views of Mount Leinster and of Tuskar Rock lighthouse. The Opera House offers productions of varying scales and art-forms featuring individuals and performing groups of local, national and international origin.

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