The Wexford Festival Opera has confirmed its repertoire of the main evening operas for the 67th annual festival, amending the list that was first announced during the 2017 festival at the National Opera House.
The main operas are:
Umberto Giordano’s “Mala vita,” which will be presented in a double bill with Franco Leoni’s “L’oracolo.”
William Bolcom’s “Dinner at Eight,” which will be making its European premiere in a production done in collaboration with Minnesota Opera.
Saverio Mercadante’s “Il Bravo.”
The cast, creative teams behind the productions, and other important detail of the festival program will be revealed as the date of the festival approaches. The 67t h annual Wexford Festival Opera will begin on Friday, October 19th, 2018, and will run for 17 days, until Sunday, November 4th, 2018. General booking for tickets for the festival will be available starting Saturday, April 14th, with priority booking available to donors beginning Saturday, March 24th.
Starting in 1951, the Wexford Festival Opera is dedicated to showcasing operas that are not always at the forefront of public view. Since then, they have developed a reputation for not only brining in star performers, but in making them as well. Notable singers at previous festivals include Sergei Leiferkus, Joseph, Calleja, Elizabeth Connell, Angela Meade, and Juan Diego Florez. The festival takes place at the National Opera House in Wexford, just two hours from the city of Dublin, which was built as Ireland’s first custom-built opera house. Festival-goers will no doubt find much to enjoy from the scenic beaches and countryside to some of operas oft-unseen treasures.