The National Opera House in Wexford has received a €1 million capital grant for ‘updating and refurbishment’ works. File photograph:  David Sleator/The Irish Times.

As the curtain was about to rise on the Wexford Festival Opera on Friday, the Government announced a €1 million capital grant to refurbish a venue tha(...)

Wexford Festival Opera: ‘Dinner at Eight’, by William Bolcom, gets it European premiere at this year’s event. Photograph: Cory Weaver

It is often said internationally that Ireland punches above its weight in terms of the contribution it has made, and continues to make, to arts and cu(...)

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(...)

David McLoughlin: ‘within a week of arriving in the country I was working in a record company. Nowadays I work for the government, looking after the Music Export Office.’

Originally from Co Kildare, David McLoughlin is a music producer based in São Paulo, his home for the past 20 years.How did you end up in Brazil?My fi(...)

Eoin Butler at opening night of Wexford Festival Opera. Photograph: Patrick Browne

At the mouth of the river Slaney, about a third of a tonne of fireworks has just exploded in the night sky, marking the official opening of the 62nd W(...)