Wexford Festival Opera - Wexford
28 January 2020

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The Veiled Prophet

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 2

A committed performance makes a case for Stanford’s forgotten first opera
10 Nov 19 / OperaWire
The unveiling of The Veiled Prophet at the 68th Wexford festival didn't perhaps reveal a great opera
7 Nov 19 / Opera Journal
L'inganno felice

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Ella Marchment’s direction balances comedy, violence and melancholia
8 Nov 19 / OperaWire
The production was bang on the money in terms of tone
7 Nov 19 / Opera Journal
Rossinis Farsa mit flachen Regieeinfällen
27 Oct 19 / Online Musik Magazin
Cendrillon

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Viardot's Cendrillon is all the more delightful for its concision
7 Nov 19 / Opera Journal
A light piece of entertainment for the afternoon
5 Nov 19 / OperaWire
Erinnerungen auf dem Dachboden
27 Oct 19 / Online Musik Magazin
Dorilla in Tempe

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 5

The production just tries to get the work across in the best way possible
7 Nov 19 / Opera Journal
Balance issues and uneven singing compromise a handsome Vivaldi production in Wexford
2 Nov 19 / Seen and Heard
Baroque opera embraces opulance
26 Oct 19 / Irish Independent
Barocke Opulenz in Wexford
25 Oct 19 / Online Musik Magazin
Florid campery as Vivaldi’s Dorilla in Tempe travels from Venice to Wexford
24 Oct 19 / Bachtrack
Don Quichotte

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 6

It looks marvellous it sounds marvellous
7 Nov 19 / Opera Journal
Massenet’s masterpiece receives a visually, dramatically and musically stunning presentation
4 Nov 19 / OperaWire
An outstanding production of Massenet’s Don Quichotte by Wexford Festival Opera
31 Oct 19 / Seen and Heard
Comedy-tragedy mix makes a complex meditation on ageing
26 Oct 19 / Irish Independent
Man of La Mancha fiesta: Massenet’s Don Quichotte opens Wexford Festival Opera
24 Oct 19 / Bachtrack
Bewegendes Alterswerk voller Melancholie
24 Oct 19 / Online Musik Magazin
La cucina

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 4

A novel and imaginative double bill at Wexford Festival Opera
5 Nov 19 / Seen and Heard
A light hors d’oeuvre followed by a delicious dessert starring Levy Sekgapane and Rachel Kelly
1 Nov 19 / OperaWire
Hochzeitstorte mit Vorbereitung
1 Nov 19 / Online Musik Magazin
Rossinian Bake-Off: a delicious double bill at Wexford
26 Oct 19 / Bachtrack
Adina

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 4

A novel and imaginative double bill at Wexford Festival Opera
5 Nov 19 / Seen and Heard
A light hors d’oeuvre followed by a delicious dessert starring Levy Sekgapane and Rachel Kelly
1 Nov 19 / OperaWire
Hochzeitstorte mit Vorbereitung
27 Oct 19 / Online Musik Magazin
Rossinian Bake-Off: a delicious double bill at Wexford
26 Oct 19 / Bachtrack
Le Docteur Miracle

Wexford Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 2

A fun production starring a magnificent omelette
2 Nov 19 / OperaWire
Mit Omelette zum Erfolg
25 Oct 19 / Online Musik Magazin
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
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
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
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
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
A Wexford round up
25 Oct 18 / Opera Today
Wexford’s European premiere of William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight
25 Oct 18 / Seen and Heard
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
Franco Alfano's Risurrezione brought to life by Wexford Festival Opera
24 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
‘Medea’ misses the mark while ‘Risurrezione’ goes down a storm
24 Oct 17 / The Irish Times
The musical text of Risurrezione is unalloyed sludge, turgid and torpid, glutinous in texture and garishly over-coloured
24 Oct 17 / Telegraph
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
This Festival, the tenth in the National Opera House, promised much and did not disappoint
30 Oct 17 / Opera Today
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
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
Verworrene Rache einer Mutter
30 Oct 17 / Online Musik Magazin
This Festival, the tenth in the National Opera House, promised much and did not disappoint
30 Oct 17 / Opera Today
Bringing light to unjustly neglected operas
30 Oct 17 / Express
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
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Repertoire confirmed for 68th Wexford Festival Opera
As preparations for the 2019 Festival continue, Artistic Director of Wexford Festival Opera, David Agler, has confirmed a change to one of the main evening operas.
31 Jan 2019 / Broadway World
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