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Rosetta Cucchi began her Irish career as a répétiteur at the Wexford Festival in 1995.

Wexford Festival Opera has announced the appointment of Rosetta Cucchi as its new artistic director. The 54-year-old will take up her new role in Nove(...)

Magdalena Kozená

This year has been rich in turning points. There was the launch of Irish National Opera in January. March brought the news that David Agler, artistic (...)

Wexford Festival Opera: Leon Kim and Joo Won Kang in L’Oracolo. Photograph: Clive Barda/ArenaPal

L’ORACOLO and MALA VITA ★★★☆☆ The opening double bill of the 67th Wexford Festival Opera offers classic Wexford fare. The first half of the all-veris(...)

Susannah Billar in Dinner at Eight by William Bolcom. Photograph: Cory Weaver

What is it about opera and divas? Soprano, Susannah Biller’s first brush with the art form, involved her beating up a tenor backstage. In fairness, sh(...)

David Agler: has been in situ at Wexford since 2005 but  will retire after the 2019 festival. Photograph: David Sleator

Wexford Festival Opera is the granddaddy of Irish arts festivals. It was first held in 1951, making it three years older than the Cork International C(...)

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, which is without a principal conductor and recently lost its leader, Helena Wood

The Government has spoken about the future of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Last week the Cabinet “authorised the initiation of discussions on (...)

Irish-American mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato: described in the Guardian as “the most critically acclaimed and popular mezzo soprano of our day”

Have you been following Joyce Flaherty lately? I have. The New York Times carried an interview with her earlier this month, under the title “Opera’s M(...)

 Risurrezione at Wexford Festival Opera. Photograph: Clive Barda

Medea ** Some things are more meaningfully understood for what they are not rather than what they are. Brexit is about a Britain that’s not in the E(...)

Gerald Barry:  his  piece Humiliated and Insulted is inspired by a Dostoyevsky novel. Photograph: Alan Betson

Music, it is often said, is a universal language. But not everything musical travels equally freely across international borders. New music travels sl(...)

The opera house in Wexford generates opera on just 12 nights a year in a town with a population of about 20,000 in the southeastern corner of the country. Photograph: David Sleator

Spontaneous, unprovoked testimonials are always impressive. I witnessed a few at Wexford Festival Opera last week. Two stood out, both of them comi(...)

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