Wexford Opera Festival 2020

Wexford Opera House, High Street, Slippery Green, Wexford, Ireland

The 69th Wexford Festival Opera will run from 20 Oct – 1 Nov 2020

Incoming Artistic Director Rosetta Cucchi announces 2020 programme inspired by William Shakespeare and the launch of the Wexford Factory Academy for young Irish singers.

For the first time, in a major new development, the Festival will be themed. Inspired by William Shakespeare, each of the three main evening productions in the National Opera House will be based directly or indirectly on the life and work of this great poet and playwright.


The Wexford Opera Festival 2020 Preview Programme:


Ein Wintermärchen by Karl Goldmark

An opera in 3 acts. Sung in German

Performance Dates: 20, 23, 26, 29 October 2020

O’Reilly Theatre, The National Opera House.

Conductor: Marcus Bosch

Director: Dmitry Bertman,

Set & Costume Designer: Astrid Janson


Le Songe d’une nuit d’été

by Ambroise Thomas

An opera in 3 acts. Sung in French.

Performance Dates: 21, 24, 27 October and 1 November 2020

O’Reilly Theatre, The National Opera House

Conductor: Guillaume Tourniaire

Director: Walter Le Moli

Set Designer: Tiziano Santi

Costume Designer: Gabriele Mayer



by Alfredo Catalani

An opera in 3 acts.  Sung in Italian.

Performance Dates: 22, 25, 28, 31 October 2020

O’Reilly Theatre, The National Opera House

Conductor: Francesco Cilluffo

Director: Julia Burbach

Set & Costume Designer: Cécile Trémoliers

Pocket Operas / Opera Beag

The previously titled Short Works programme is being reimagined as a new series of daytime operas, called Pocket Operas / Opera Beag, which will be performed in different venues in Wexford town, including both the O’Reilly and Jerome Hynes theatres in the National Opera House as well as the Wexford Arts Centre.

These Pocket Operas will continue the Shakespearian theme and act as an important showcase for young Irish and international Festival artists. 


For the complete 2020 programme click here



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