Wexford Festival Opera 2024 – 18 October to 2 November

General booking opens 8 May for Wexford Festival Opera 2024 


18 October to 2 November 2024 

Wexford Festival Opera is world renowned for both the extraordinary artistic experiences you encounter and its warm and inviting atmosphere.

The programme for the 2024 Wexford Festival Opera this autumn explores the theme of Theatre within Theatre and general booking opens 8 May.

Since its inception in 1951, the Wexford Festival Opera has flourished and gained worldwide recognition. Each year the festival features three main stage productions of rarely performed operas, as well as a number of short opera works. But the festival is not just about opera, the charm of Wexford town itself is an integral part of the overall experience.

Wexford Festival Opera 2024 will be one of the biggest of recent years. It will include:

  • 70 events over 16 days
  • Three main stage operas: Le Maschere by Pietro Mascagni (1901); The Critic by Charles Villiers Stanford (1916); Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali by Gaetano Donizetti (1827)
  • Two Pocket Operas, including a new work by Colm Tóibín and Alberto Caruso
  • The Wexford Factory returning for the 5th year with a new group of artists, many of whom will feature in performances of Pagliacci
  • A Gala concert by the RTÉ
  • Concert Orchestra with four singers
  • The much-loved annual Gala concert featuring festival artists
  • Members of the Wexford Community will once again take part in a Community Opera alongside festival artists
  • A late night, post opera, music and dance performance of Bach’s Cello suites
  • Engagement projects, to encourage children in both primary and secondary schools to explore opera and stage performance. These will see the students work directly with WFO artists and creative teams
  • WFO regulars, The Dr Tom Walsh Lecture and another Impossible Interview
  • It has also been announced that this year, apart from 18 October when the opening night opera will commence at 8pm, that the evening performance time will move to 7.30pm
  • See schedule for full details (click here)

Speaking at the announcement of the programme for 2024 WFO Artistic Director Rosetta Cucchi said, ‘After the deep emotion of the 2023 season, I wanted to give the public a peek behind the curtain where anything can happen and everything is possible… with a touch of lightness.

Booking dates / details:

Priority booking for Festival Friends: Bravura, Aria, Cabaletta, Ensemble+ – 24 April 2024

Priority booking for Festival Friends: Ensemble, Prelude – 1 May 2024

General booking opens – 8 May 2024

Tickets can be booked via the box office at the National Opera House Wexford (Monday to Saturday, 9.30am – 5pm / +353 53 912 2144

To become a Friend of Wexford Festival Opera: phone: +353 53 912 2144, email: friends@wexfordopera.com or through the WFO website

For the 2024 programme in more detail click here

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