Wexford Festival Opera - Wexford
17 August 2017

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Vanessa

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Festival d'Opéra de Wexford: Vanessa, de Samuel Barber
12 Nov 16 / Opera Online
Una notable ópera, bien servida en Wexford
8 Nov 16 / Beckmesser
A compelling production of Barber’s seldom-heard Vanessa
4 Nov 16 / Seen and Heard
An obscure Samuel Barber opera that deserves an outing in a major UK opera house
4 Nov 16 / The Spectator
Un opéra américain sous un ciel irlandais
3 Nov 16 / Forum Opéra
Ewiges Warten
1 Nov 16 / Online Musik Magazin
This magnificent, soaring Vanessa deserves a wider audience
29 Oct 16 / Telegraph
Utterly gripping performance of Barber's Vanessa at Wexford Festival Opera
29 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
Wexford makes a strong case for Barber's uneven opera
29 Oct 16 / The Guardian
Maria de Rudenz

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Maria de Rudenz no está entre lo mejor de Donizetti
8 Nov 16 / Beckmesser
Le gothique "Maria de Rudenz" de Donizetti
7 Nov 16 / Opera Online
Perhaps this rarely seen Donizetti opera deserves to be overlooked
5 Nov 16 / Seen and Heard
Plus vivante que morte
4 Nov 16 / Forum Opéra
Mord in der Puppenstube
2 Nov 16 / Online Musik Magazin
Charged with musical authority
2 Nov 16 / The Stage
Exhilarating Maria de Rudenz at Wexford Festival Opera
1 Nov 16 / Bachtrack
Riders to the Sea

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 3

“Riders to the Sea”, dramatismo total
8 Nov 16 / Beckmesser
Festival d'Opéra de Wexford : Il campanello, The Bear, Riders to the Sea
7 Nov 16 / Opera Online
Die Grausamkeit der See
2 Nov 16 / Online Musik Magazin
Il campanello di notte

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Un modesto Campanello en Wexford
8 Nov 16 / Beckmesser
Festival d'Opéra de Wexford : Il campanello, The Bear, Riders to the Sea
7 Nov 16 / Opera Online
Maladie de la jeunesse
2 Nov 16 / Forum Opéra
Und immer wieder die Glocke
1 Nov 16 / Online Musik Magazin
Herculanum

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 9

El Festival de Wexford fiel a sus principios y tradiciones
8 Nov 16 / Beckmesser
Best left in ear and imagination
4 Nov 16 / The Spectator
Wexford Festival continues to attract opera lovers with its programme of rarities
3 Nov 16 / Seen and Heard
Sous les cendres du volcan
1 Nov 16 / Forum Opéra
Herculanum was a long lost opera, and should have stayed that way
1 Nov 16 / Telegraph
Vulkanausbruch auf der Bühne
31 Oct 16 / Online Musik Magazin
The Wexford festival opened with two contrasting works
29 Oct 16 / The Guardian
Apocalyptic Herculanum opens Wexford Festival Opera
29 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
Uneven and decidedly long but it has a lot of good music
28 Oct 16 / Irish Independent
The Bear

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Festival d'Opéra de Wexford : Il campanello, The Bear, Riders to the Sea
7 Nov 16 / Opera Online
Le Pré aux Clercs

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Wexford Festival ends with a sprightly production of another opera rarity, Le Pré aux Clercs
4 Nov 15 / Seen and Heard
Un enredo ligero y divertido
3 Nov 15 / Beckmesser
Excellent gothic gore and Parisian romance
26 Oct 15 / The Guardian
Parisian sparkle in the meadow: Le Pré aux clercs charms Wexford
26 Oct 15 / Bachtrack
Hansel und Gretel

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Espectáculo imaginativo
3 Nov 15 / Beckmesser
Guglielmo Ratcliff

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Un Mascagni desconocido en Guglielmo Ratcliff
3 Nov 15 / Beckmesser
Now a forgotten Mascagni Opera is another convincing revival at the Wexford Festival
30 Oct 15 / Seen and Heard
A haunting unrequited love story
29 Oct 15 / Irish Independent
Geister der Vergangenheit
28 Oct 15 / Online Musik Magazin
Sultry and luscious
27 Oct 15 / Telegraph
Excellent gothic gore and Parisian romance
26 Oct 15 / The Guardian
Ivory Gothic madness: a visceral Guglielmo Ratcliff in Wexford
24 Oct 15 / Bachtrack
Le Portrait de Manon

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Poco representada y con principiantes
3 Nov 15 / Beckmesser
Ein Mann erinnert sich
27 Oct 15 / Online Musik Magazin
Koanga

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 5

A compelling performance in Wexford of a seldom-staged Delius Opera
29 Oct 15 / Seen and Heard
Sultry and luscious
27 Oct 15 / Telegraph
Voodoo in Wexford
26 Oct 15 / Online Musik Magazin
Brave revival of Delius's problematic 1904 slavery opera
23 Oct 15 / The Guardian
Slavery and Voodoo: Delius’ Koanga opens the 64th Wexford Festival
23 Oct 15 / Bachtrack
Tosca

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Tödliche Intrigen
26 Oct 15 / Online Musik Magazin
Silent Night

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Kevin Puts’ Silent Night: inspired and user-friendly
6 Nov 14 / Seen and Heard
“Silent Night”, una magnífica ópera del siglo XXI en Wexford
4 Nov 14 / Beckmesser
A Pulitzer Prize-winning opera with sketchy characters
2 Nov 14 / Express
An operatic take on the 1914 Christmas truce gets a timely debut
29 Oct 14 / Telegraph
A remarkable piece of music theatre
28 Oct 14 / Irish Independent
Weihnachten an der Front
27 Oct 14 / Online Musik Magazin
Salomé

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 8

Strauss’ Salome still heads above contemporary version
6 Nov 14 / Seen and Heard
Festival de Ópera de Wexford: “Salomé” de A. Mariotte
4 Nov 14 / Beckmesser
Russian baritone Igor Golovatenko shines in Salome
2 Nov 14 / Express
Antoine Mariotte, anyone?
2 Nov 14 / The Observer
Salomé au Festival de Wexford
29 Oct 14 / Opera Online
Die Bedeutung der Zahl Sieben
27 Oct 14 / Online Musik Magazin
Antoine Mariotte's dull version of Oscar Wilde's tale is given a surprisingly successful makeover
27 Oct 14 / Telegraph
Wexford unearths the Mariotte Salomé to open its 63rd Festival
25 Oct 14 / Irish Independent
La Cenerentola

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 2

La Cenerentola de Rossini en el Festival de Wexford
4 Nov 14 / Beckmesser
Cinerentola
27 Oct 14 / Online Musik Magazin
Il tabarro

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Festival de Wexford: “Il tabarro” de Puccini
4 Nov 14 / Beckmesser
Es fehlt das Orchester
27 Oct 14 / Online Musik Magazin
Don Bucefalo

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Una ópera injustamente olvidada
4 Nov 14 / Beckmesser
Don Bucafelo is a joyful number drawing on Donizetti’s Don Pasquale
2 Nov 14 / Express
Something funny, talented and thought-provoking
1 Nov 14 / Seen and Heard
Don Bucefalo au Festival de Wexford
29 Oct 14 / Opera Online
Cagnoni's opera is plausibly updated to small-town America in the Nineties
28 Oct 14 / Telegraph
Belcanto vom Feinsten
27 Oct 14 / Online Musik Magazin
The Wandering Scholar

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Zwei kurze Einakter über die Moral
27 Oct 14 / Online Musik Magazin
Trial by Jury

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Zwei kurze Einakter über die Moral
27 Oct 14 / Online Musik Magazin
Thérèse

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 5

What's in a picture?
1 Dec 13 / Audiophile Audition
Hurrah for Wexford Festival, which has exhumed two rarely heard one-act operas by Massenet
1 Nov 13 / Telegraph
Wexford Opera's double bill of works by Jules Massenet was a little mixed
28 Oct 13 / The Guardian
Director and designer Renaud Doucet and André Barbe give Massenet a painterly twist
28 Oct 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
Bilder des Krieges
28 Oct 13 / Online Musik Magazin
La Navarraise

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 5

What's in a picture?
1 Dec 13 / Audiophile Audition
Hurrah for Wexford Festival, which has exhumed two rarely heard one-act operas by Massenet
1 Nov 13 / Telegraph
Bilder des Krieges
28 Oct 13 / Online Musik Magazin
Wexford Opera's double bill of works by Jules Massenet was a little mixed
28 Oct 13 / The Guardian
Director and designer Renaud Doucet and André Barbe give Massenet a painterly twist
28 Oct 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
Cristina, Regina di Svezia

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 4

This rarely performed opera is the indisputable hit of the festival
31 Oct 13 / Telegraph
Jacopo Foroni’s long-forgotten opera is a vintage Wexford rediscovery
30 Oct 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
This piece by forgotten Italian composer Jacopo Foroni was a real discovery
28 Oct 13 / The Guardian
Schwedische Geschichtsstunde mit großartiger Musik
28 Oct 13 / Online Musik Magazin
Il cappello di paglia di Firenze

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Nina Rota's comic opera is more exhausting than effervescent
31 Oct 13 / Telegraph
You might need a couple of interval drinks to be persuaded that The Italian Straw Hat is a masterpiece
28 Oct 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
A good choice to open the Wexford festival
25 Oct 13 / The Guardian
Farce in Postkarten-Idylle
25 Oct 13 / Online Musik Magazin
A Village Romeo and Juliet

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 10

A village Liebestod
14 Dec 12 / Seen and Heard
Trois jours à Wexford
20 Nov 12 / Forum Opéra
Wexford staged a strong production of Delius’s divisive, opera masterpiece
17 Nov 12 / Telegraph
As fair a hearing as it seems likely to get
14 Nov 12 / New Statesman
Liebestod im Fluss
6 Nov 12 / Online Musik Magazin
Four operas at the ever resourceful Wexford keep the company and soloists on their toes
4 Nov 12 / Independent on Sunday
For 61 years Wexford has been the emerald of opera festivals
2 Nov 12 / Independent
Wexford's best thing this year
31 Oct 12 / Irish Independent
Delius’ score is vividly performed under Rory Macdonald
30 Oct 12 / The Stage
It is obvious why even Delius's best does not generally hold the stage
29 Oct 12 / The Guardian
Le Roi malgré lui

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Less would have been more for Chabrier’s Le Roi Malgré Lui
13 Dec 12 / Seen and Heard
Trois jours à Wexford
20 Nov 12 / Forum Opéra
Alles nur ein Film
6 Nov 12 / Online Musik Magazin
Four operas at the ever resourceful Wexford keep the company and soloists on their toes
4 Nov 12 / Independent on Sunday
For 61 years Wexford has been the emerald of opera festivals
2 Nov 12 / Independent
Strassberger’s fussy production complicates an already hopelessly complex and unengaging plot
30 Oct 12 / Telegraph
The Wexford festival deserves credit for disinterring such a rarity
30 Oct 12 / The Guardian
The piece comes over as pointlessly facetious
28 Oct 12 / The Stage
The opera is excellently cast with Liam Bonner's high baritone smoothly flexible as Henri
27 Oct 12 / Irish Independent
L'arlesiana

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Trois jours à Wexford
20 Nov 12 / Forum Opéra
A tale of distraction and destruction
13 Nov 12 / Seen and Heard
Zwischen starken Frauen
6 Nov 12 / Online Musik Magazin
Four operas at the ever resourceful Wexford keep the company and soloists on their toes
4 Nov 12 / Independent on Sunday
For 61 years Wexford has been the emerald of opera festivals
2 Nov 12 / Independent
A work of genuine power and interest
30 Oct 12 / Telegraph
A compelling case for Cilèa's opera
29 Oct 12 / The Guardian
Rosetta Cucchi's production in Wexford is somewhat hit and miss
28 Oct 12 / Irish Independent
The entire company, like the opera itself, impresses with its integrity
26 Oct 12 / The Stage
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News & Articles

Wexford Festival Opera announces details of 2017
Now in its 66th year, this internationally renowned festival will run over an extended 18-day period, from Thursday, 19 October to Sunday, 5 November.
3 Mar 2017 / Opera Today
€1.42 million for Wexford Opera Festival
Wexford Opera Festival has been awarded funding of €1.42 million by the Arts Council while Wexford Arts Centre will receive €145,000.
6 Jan 2016 / Wexford People
Wexford Festival Opera
Journey into the unknown.
10 Dec 2015 / WQXR New York
63rd Wexford Festival Opera, reports increased sales
Festival organisers reported an increase in overall ticket sales for this internationally renowned opera festival. Over 20,000 tickets were sold for the 12 day Festival.
3 Nov 2014 / Broadway World
Wexford opera picks up top theatre prize
A Wexford Festival production has been named Best Opera at the Irish Theatre Awards.
26 Feb 2014 / Irish Independent