Wexford Festival Opera - Wexford
15 November 2018

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Il bravo

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 9

L'opéra romantique comme on le rêve
12 Nov 18 / Wanderer
La distribution vocale est inégale, mais comprend de très bons éléments
6 Nov 18 / Anaclase
Wexford, if no-where else, continues to make a case for Saverio Mercadante
1 Nov 18 / Opera Journal
A complicated and intricate plot
30 Oct 18 / OperaWire
Una ópera difícil, truculenta y olvidada de Mercadante
30 Oct 18 / Beckmesser
Abstruse Handlung mit spektakulärer Musik
26 Oct 18 / Online Musik Magazin
Ekaterina Bakanova excels in Wexford’s staging of Mercadante’s Il Bravo
26 Oct 18 / Seen and Heard
A Wexford round up
25 Oct 18 / Opera Today
Sublime music compensates for a weak libretto: Wexford revives Mercadante's Il bravo
24 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
L'oracolo

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Leoni and Giordano’s operas work well on their own, but direction falters in double bill coupling
9 Nov 18 / OperaWire
La musique est tout aussi séduisante qu’intéressante
8 Nov 18 / Anaclase
You can always count on some Italian verismo to give Wexford Festival Opera a bit of an edge
1 Nov 18 / Opera Journal
Verismo poco conocido de Leoni y Giordano
30 Oct 18 / Beckmesser
Zweimal Verismo mit schockierendem Ende
28 Oct 18 / Online Musik Magazin
A Wexford round up
25 Oct 18 / Opera Today
The opening few days of Wexford Festival Opera
24 Oct 18 / Irish Examiner
Bloody and marvellous: Wexford Festival Opera opens with a double bill by Leoni and Giordano
23 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
A disappointing end to David Agler's regime
22 Oct 18 / Telegraph
This year’s Wexford opera festival offered a frenetic Italian double bill and a European premiere
22 Oct 18 / The Times
Mala vita

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Leoni and Giordano’s operas work well on their own, but direction falters in double bill coupling
9 Nov 18 / OperaWire
Le chef invite à nouveau le meilleur de l’orchestre
8 Nov 18 / Anaclase
You can always count on some Italian verismo to give Wexford Festival Opera a bit of an edge
1 Nov 18 / Opera Journal
Verismo poco conocido de Leoni y Giordano
30 Oct 18 / Beckmesser
Zweimal Verismo mit schockierendem Ende
28 Oct 18 / Online Musik Magazin
A Wexford round up
25 Oct 18 / Opera Today
The opening few days of Wexford Festival Opera
24 Oct 18 / Irish Examiner
Bloody and marvellous: Wexford Festival Opera opens with a double bill by Leoni and Giordano
23 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
This year’s Wexford opera festival offered a frenetic Italian double bill and a European premiere
22 Oct 18 / The Times
A disappointing end to David Agler's regime
22 Oct 18 / Telegraph
La fanciulla del West

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Elisabetta Farris shines in Puccini’s masterpiece
6 Nov 18 / OperaWire
The Wild West comes to Wexford
31 Oct 18 / Seen and Heard
Encomiable esfuerzo pucciniano
30 Oct 18 / Beckmesser
Ein Hauch vom Wildem Westen im Whites Hotel
25 Oct 18 / Online Musik Magazin
Dinner at Eight

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 11

L'équipe artistique paraît fort bien rodée et les voix caractérisent au mieux les personnages
6 Nov 18 / Anaclase
William Bolcom and Mark Campbell’s opera receives hugely successful showcase
2 Nov 18 / OperaWire
How successful Dinner at Eight is on this score is debatable
1 Nov 18 / Opera Journal
Un buen espectáculo para una ópera de Bolcom
30 Oct 18 / Beckmesser
Die Party muss weitergehen
25 Oct 18 / Online Musik Magazin
Wexford’s European premiere of William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight
25 Oct 18 / Seen and Heard
A Wexford round up
25 Oct 18 / Opera Today
The opening few days of Wexford Festival Opera
24 Oct 18 / Irish Examiner
William Bolcom's Dinner at Eight served up at Wexford Festival Opera
23 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
This year’s Wexford opera festival offered a frenetic Italian double bill and a European premiere
22 Oct 18 / The Times
A disappointing end to David Agler's regime
22 Oct 18 / Telegraph
Don Pasquale

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 4

A fun take On Donizetti’s comic masterpiece
5 Nov 18 / OperaWire
Opera buffa im Rubik's Cube
26 Oct 18 / Online Musik Magazin
A Wexford round up
25 Oct 18 / Opera Today
Wexford enjoys a splendid Don Pasquale
23 Oct 18 / Seen and Heard
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
Strong production makes case that Foroni could have challenged Verdi for mantle of Italy’s top composer
1 Nov 17 / OperaWire
Margherita de Foroni en Wexford: una interesante y desconocida ópera
1 Nov 17 / Opera World (Spanish)
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
El poderío de Lise Davidsen en Medea impresiona en Wexford
1 Nov 17 / Opera World (Spanish)
Lise Davidsen’s powerful voice impresses in the Wexford Festival Opera’s Medea
1 Nov 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
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
An obscure Samuel Barber opera that deserves an outing in a major UK opera house
4 Nov 16 / The Spectator
A compelling production of Barber’s seldom-heard Vanessa
4 Nov 16 / Seen and Heard
Un opéra américain sous un ciel irlandais
3 Nov 16 / Forum Opéra
Ewiges Warten
1 Nov 16 / Online Musik Magazin
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
This magnificent, soaring Vanessa deserves a wider audience
29 Oct 16 / Telegraph
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
Apocalyptic Herculanum opens Wexford Festival Opera
29 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
The Wexford festival opened with two contrasting works
29 Oct 16 / The Guardian
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News & Articles

How Wexford opera festival dares to be different
The Irish festival specialises in reviving neglected rarities – and proves that the road less travelled is well worth taking.
31 Oct 2018 / The Guardian
The Irish seaside town with a closely guarded secret
Wexford can boast Ireland’s first purpose-built opera house, opened in 2009 at the cost of €33 million.
19 Oct 2018 / Telegraph
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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