Discover the 69th Wexford Festival Opera, in an exciting programme inspired by Shakespeare, and a lecture dedicated to John Florio.
Wexford Festival Opera is an opera festival that takes place in the town of Wexford in south-eastern Ireland during the months of October and November.
This year the festival will run from Tuesday, 20 October to Sunday, 1 November, 2020: 70 events over 13 consecutive days inspired by William Shakespeare. Each of the three main evening productions in the National Opera House – Ein Wintermarchen (A Winter’s Tale) by Karl Goldmark, Le Songe d’une nuit d’ete by Ambroise Thomas and Edmea by Alfredo Catalani – is based directly, or indirectly, on the life and work of the great poet and playwright.
“This programme will fill the days and nights of our audiences with art and entertainment, spreading the magic of the Festival through the town to which it belongs,” said Rosetta Cucchi, the new artistic director of Wexford Festival Opera.
An event of the Wexford Opera Festival is also dedicated to John Florio. This year’s Dr. Tom Walsh Lecture will be presented by Luigi Ferrari, who served as artistic director of Wexford Festival Opera from 1995-2004, and will focus on John Florio and the vexed question of his relationship with Shakespeare.
The lecture will take place on Friday 30 October at 11am in the Jerome Hynes Theatre.
Online booking for this event opens at 09:30 on 04 Apr 2020.