Rosetta Cucchi

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Singer Celine Byrne and pianist Rosetta Cucchi at the National Opera House in Wexford

The Festival in the Air ran from October 11th-18th. The original Shakespeare-themed programme has been postponed to next year, and the Festival in the(...)

Wexford Festival Opera is going ahead this year, just not as you knew it before. The Shakespeare-themed programme announced by incoming artistic direc(...)

Kazuki Yamada gave a viscerally thrilling account of Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony in May. Photograph: Marco Borggreve.

Professionally, opera is a big beast, an institutional behemoth that’s hard to turn around. Irish National Opera, which will turn two in January, didn(...)

Goderdzi Janelidze as Don Quichotte and Olafur Sigurdarson as Sancho in Don Quichotte by Massenet. Photograph: Clive Barda

Orpha Phelan’s Irish National Opera production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola left me with an odd question when I saw it last Saturday. What is a traditi(...)

Sheldon Baxter, Manuel Amati, Máire Flavin and Emmanuel Franco in Rosetta Cucchi’s 2019 world premiere production of ‘La cucina’ by Andrew Synnott, at Wexford Opera Festival. Photograph: Clive Barda

Wexford Festival Opera’s new artistic director, Rosetta Cucchi, took to the stage herself at the Jerome Hynes Theatre one morning during the festival.(...)

Wexford Festival Opera: Rachel Kelly and her fellow cast in La cucina/Adina. Photograph: Cliva Barda/ArenaPal

LA CUCINA/ADINA O’Reilly Theatre, National Opera House ★★★☆☆ The year 1990 is beginning to look like a key turning point for Irish opera. The world p(...)

Synnott’s elevation to the main stage at Wexford is only the latest in a long line of operatic successes from Irish composers.

The day I met up with Andrew Synnott was the day he had made his conducting debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. He conducted a morning con(...)

Rosetta Cucchi has been announced as the new Artistic Director of the Wexford Festival Opera. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

David Agler’s 15-year reign as artistic director of Wexford Festival Opera comes to an end this year. His length of tenure puts him on a par with the (...)

Arts Council director Orlaith McBride, Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan and Arts Council chairwoman Sheila Pratschke at the announcement of investment in the arts for 2019. Photograph: Alan Betson

The chairwoman of the Arts Council Sheila Pratschke on Thursday called for a separate Aosdána for the performing arts. Speaking at the council’s Dub(...)

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(...)

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