Next year's Wexford Festival Opera productions are revealed

Jim Hayes

Published 27/10/2015 | 00:00

Christina Gill at the first chorus rehearsals for 'Koanga'.
Christina Gill at the first chorus rehearsals for 'Koanga'.

AS the 2105 Wexford Festival Opera continues this week, the countdown to 2016 has already begun. The three productions to be staged at the 65th festival next year were officially revealed on opening night last week, confirming internet leaks in previous days.

The work of prolific Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, a festival favourite, returns to Wexford in 2016 with a performance of his rarely-staged 'Maria de Rudenz' which premiered in Venice in 1838.

American opera 'Vanessa', by Samuel Barber, is also on the programme for next year. Composed by Barber through 1956 and 1957, it was first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1958 with a set designed by renowned movie stage creator Cecil Beaton. Famously, his Met sets for 'Vanessa' were destroyed by fire in 1973.

Next year's opening night opera will be 'Herculanum', one of the notable works of French composer Felicien David. It was first performed in Paris in 1859.

Wexford Festival Opera 2016 runs from October 26 to November 6 next year, a change of dates from those announced earlier in the year, due to 'unforseen scheduling conflicts'.

Meanwhile, Festival Opera 2015 continues its hugely successful run until this coming Sunday, November 1. The operas are largely sold out, with just a scattering of seats available. Visit for the most up to date information.

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