Wexford Festival Opera 2023

A Celebration of Musical Excellence

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Welcome to the enchanting world of opera! The Wexford Festival Opera is back from the 24th of October till the 5th of November, and it promises to be a spectacular celebration of musical excellence! For opera enthusiasts and music lovers alike, this prestigious event is a much-anticipated highlight on the cultural calendar. The annual fireworks display to celebrate the beginning of the festival will take place on Tuesday the 24th of October after 7pm, on the quay in Wexford Town.

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A Brief Overview

Since its inception decades ago, the Wexford Festival Opera has been dedicated to showcasing the finest talents in the world of opera. Known for unearthing rare and forgotten gems from the operatic repertoire, the festival has gained a reputation as a treasure trove of musical discoveries. Opera aficionados from all corners of the globe flock to this festival to witness both established and emerging artists grace the stage with their incredible vocal ability.

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The 2023 Edition – What to Expect

The theme this year is ‘Women & War’, a concept passionately envisioned by Artistic Director Rosetta Cucchi. With an eager curiosity to explore the profound implications of this theme within the realm of opera, each of the selected operas brings to the forefront a distinct viewpoint of the challenges women encounter. From conflicts and prejudices to the courageous pursuit of having their voices heard.

Three very different female characters, each fighting for something:

Zoraida in Zoraida di Granata is in a political fight against her destiny.

Olga in L’Aube rouge is struggling to change a nihilistic partner.

Rosetta in La ciociara is fighting for survival for herself and daughter.

The festival also includes three pocket operas, Lunchtime Recitals, the Gala Concert, a Choral Concert with New Dublin Voices, along with a series of Pop-Up Events performed by artists from the Wexford Factory (the Festival’s academy for young Irish singers) and artists from the Festival’s main stage programme.


Tickets and Accommodation

Tickets for the festival can be purchased through the official Wexford Festival Opera website. With a variety of ticket options to suit every preference, securing your seat at these captivating performances is just a few clicks away.

As the festival attracts visitors from far and wide, it’s advisable to book your tickets in advance to ensure availability.

For your accommodation needs, Treacys Hotel Enniscorthy offers a comfortable stay and warm hospitality during your time in the area. We also offer three different dining options that cater to every palate.

The drive from the Treacys Hotel to the National Opera House, where the events are taking place, is usually between 15-20 minutes depending on traffic.

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Exploring Enniscorthy during the Festival

When you’re not immersed in the world of opera, take some time to explore the charming town of Enniscorthy. Stroll through the cobbled streets, visit historic sites like Enniscorthy Castle, and indulge in the local culinary delights at the town’s eateries. The friendly locals and the town’s rich cultural heritage will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.

Cultural Impact of the Festival

Beyond the captivating performances, the Wexford Festival Opera also contributes to the cultural tapestry of the region. Educational programmes, masterclasses, and outreach initiatives empower the next generation of opera enthusiasts and artists. The festival’s presence enriches the community, making it a vibrant hub for the arts and fostering a love for opera that transcends generations.

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The Wexford Festival Opera 2023 is an event that promises an unforgettable experience for all attendees. Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the magic of opera and be part of an artistic journey that touches the soul.

Mark your calendars, book your tickets, and get ready to be transported to a world of soaring melodies and gripping narratives. The Wexford Festival Opera awaits you!

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