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Claudia Boyle, Konu Kim, Giorgi Manoshvili, Na’ama Goldman, Jade Phoenix Headline Wexford Festival Opera’s 2023 Season


The Wexford Festival Opera has announced its 2023 season which will include 70 events across 13 days. Entitled “Women and War,” the season will kick off with three mainstage opera productions. First up is Donizetti’s “Zoraida di Granato” starring Claudia Boyle and  Konu Kim. Bruno Ravella directs with Diego Ceretta conducting. The production will be presented in a co-production with {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Jade Phoenix on her Experience with Wexford Festival Opera’s Factory & on her Debut as Giulietta


One of the successes of this year’s Wexford Festival Opera was undoubtedly the Wexford Factory, a program of masterclasses introduced by the festival’s artistic director Rosetta Cucchi aimed at developing young talent. The participants are also given the opportunity to sing in an opera on the main stage during the afternoon, replacing the 60 to 90 minute opera short productions, {…}


‘The Phoenix,’ ‘Götterdämmerung’ Among Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend – North America (4/26-28)


It seems like this is the weekend of the year. While the entire planet is engaged with the cinematic event of the decade (Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame”), opera companies from around the continent are lining up some of their most exciting productions. As a result, this was one of the most challenging lists to create in quite some time. But we {…}


Obituary: Opera Director Tom Hawkes Passes Away


English opera director Tom Hawkes (1938-2023) passed away earlier this month. Hawkes directed over 500 operatic productions worldwide. He served as the artistic director of Phoenix Opera and director of productions for Handel Opera and worked with the Belgian National Opera and Opera Theatre of St Louis. Hawkes is credited for directing five operas for English National Opera at the {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Cadie and Jonathan Bryan Talk About ‘The Sound of Music’ at Arizona Opera


Photo: Caitlin Oldham On March 3, Arizona Opera is set to present a production of “The Sound of Music.” It’s a rare moment when an opera company brings a musical to its stage. The 1959 musical is most famous for its movie adaptation, which won the Oscar for Best Picture and has some of Rodger and Hammerstein’s most iconic work. {…}

Business, News

Wexford Festival Opera Receives Increase in Funding from Arts Council


Wexford Festival Opera has been allocated €1.68 million in strategic funding from the Arts Council for 2023. The money allocated in 2023 is an increase of 3 percent or €45,000 from 2022. The Opera Festival is one of 107 arts organizations throughout Ireland sharing in more than €50 million in financial support, from theatre, music, and visual arts to literature {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Wexford Festival Opera 2022 Review: Cinderella


(Photo: Padraig Grant) One of the attractions for the young singers participating in Wexford Festival Opera’s Factory program is the chance to perform on the main stage in an opera in front of a large audience. Last year, they starred in a very successful production of Bellini’s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” which featured such artists as Jade Phoenix and {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Wexford Festival Opera 2022 Review: La Tempesta


(Photo: Clive Barda) Once upon a time, a magician named Prospero was overthrown and expelled from his kingdom by his brother Antonio. He eventually found refuge, with his daughter Miranda, on a small island that belonged to an evil sorceress called Sicorace, whom he imprisoned in a rock, then turned her monstrous son, Calibrano, into his slave. Using his powerful {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

In Less Than Five Minutes, Get To Know – Soprano Jade Phoenix


(Photo: Clive Barda) Jade Phoenix was one of the first students to pass through Wexford Festival Opera’s Factory, a learning program for young singers starting out in their careers. As part of the course, she performed on the festival’s main stage in the role of Giuliette in Bellini’s “I Capuletti e i Montecchi.” Such was the strength of her interpretation {…}