Wexford Festival Opera - Wexford
24 February 2018

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Risurrezione

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 11

Act IV is worth waiting for...
16 Nov 17 / Opera Journal
Verismo in Irlanda
10 Nov 17 / L'Ape musicale
A stunningly beautiful showcase led by Anne Sophie Duprels that demands re-examination of Alfano’s art
8 Nov 17 / OperaWire
Reposición afortunada de Risurrezione de Alfano en Wexford
1 Nov 17 / Opera World (Spanish)
Another rediscovered opera gem at the Wexford Festival
31 Oct 17 / Seen and Heard
This Festival, the tenth in the National Opera House, promised much and did not disappoint
30 Oct 17 / Opera Today
Doppelte Auferstehung
29 Oct 17 / Online Musik Magazin
Anne Sophie Duprels sings a blinder throughout
27 Oct 17 / Independent
The musical text of Risurrezione is unalloyed sludge, turgid and torpid, glutinous in texture and garishly over-coloured
24 Oct 17 / Telegraph
‘Medea’ misses the mark while ‘Risurrezione’ goes down a storm
24 Oct 17 / The Irish Times
Franco Alfano's Risurrezione brought to life by Wexford Festival Opera
24 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
Counterparts

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 4

There's an almost impressionistic flow to both pieces
16 Nov 17 / Opera Journal
An exciting double bill that highlights Irish turmoil
5 Nov 17 / OperaWire
Milieustudien aus Dublin
29 Oct 17 / Online Musik Magazin
Sometimes the real gems are found among the afternoon short works
26 Oct 17 / Irish Examiner
The Boarding House

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 4

There's an almost impressionistic flow to both pieces
16 Nov 17 / Opera Journal
An exciting double bill that highlights Irish turmoil
5 Nov 17 / OperaWire
Milieustudien aus Dublin
29 Oct 17 / Online Musik Magazin
Sometimes the real gems are found among the afternoon short works
26 Oct 17 / Irish Examiner
Margherita

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 9

A beautifully constructed piece and wonderfully entertaining
16 Nov 17 / Opera Journal
Margherita de Foroni en Wexford: una interesante y desconocida ópera
1 Nov 17 / Opera World (Spanish)
Strong production makes case that Foroni could have challenged Verdi for mantle of Italy’s top composer
1 Nov 17 / OperaWire
A compelling but neglected Foroni opera at the Wexford Festival
30 Oct 17 / Seen and Heard
Bringing light to unjustly neglected operas
30 Oct 17 / Express
This Festival, the tenth in the National Opera House, promised much and did not disappoint
30 Oct 17 / Opera Today
Das verhängnisvolle Band
29 Oct 17 / Online Musik Magazin
An utterly unmissable Margherita at Wexford Festival Opera
24 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
Conductor Timothy Myers’s approach doesn’t always manage to unlock the score’s full charm or impact
24 Oct 17 / The Irish Times
Medea

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 12

The full force of Cherubini's Medea is felt by the time we get to that conclusion
9 Nov 17 / Opera Journal
Heavy-handed direction distracts from soprano Lise Davidsen’s stunning showcase
4 Nov 17 / OperaWire
Lise Davidsen’s powerful voice impresses in the Wexford Festival Opera’s Medea
1 Nov 17 / Seen and Heard
El poderío de Lise Davidsen en Medea impresiona en Wexford
1 Nov 17 / Opera World (Spanish)
Bringing light to unjustly neglected operas
30 Oct 17 / Express
This Festival, the tenth in the National Opera House, promised much and did not disappoint
30 Oct 17 / Opera Today
Verworrene Rache einer Mutter
30 Oct 17 / Online Musik Magazin
Lise Davidsen is very impressive in the demanding title role
26 Oct 17 / Irish Examiner
Conductor Stephen Barlow has dusted off Cherubini’s score
25 Oct 17 / Independent
‘Medea’ misses the mark while ‘Risurrezione’ goes down a storm
24 Oct 17 / The Irish Times
A magnificently accomplished cast
24 Oct 17 / Telegraph
Lise Davidsen utterly captivating as Medea at Wexford Festival
20 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
La scala di seta

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 3

A perfectly entertaining, if uneven, performance
3 Nov 17 / OperaWire
Espectáculo modesto y divertido
31 Oct 17 / Beckmesser
Seidene Tücher und Leitern
29 Oct 17 / Online Musik Magazin
Rigoletto

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Interesante versión reducida de Rigoletto en Wexford
1 Nov 17 / Opera World (Spanish)
Finstere Geschichte in düsterem Ambiente
30 Oct 17 / Online Musik Magazin
Rigoletto showcases great new voices at Wexford Festival Opera
25 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
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
Herculanum was a long lost opera, and should have stayed that way
1 Nov 16 / Telegraph
Sous les cendres du volcan
1 Nov 16 / Forum Opéra
Vulkanausbruch auf der Bühne
31 Oct 16 / Online Musik Magazin
Apocalyptic Herculanum opens Wexford Festival Opera
29 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
The Wexford festival opened with two contrasting works
29 Oct 16 / The Guardian
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
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News & Articles

67th Wexford Festival Opera 2018 repertoire confirmed
Artistic Director David Agler has confirmed the repertoire for the main evening operas for the 67th Wexford Festival Opera in 2018.
19 Dec 2017 / Broadway World
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
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Journey into the unknown.
10 Dec 2015 / Operavore | WQXR
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