Festival unveils 2014 programme

Maria Pepper

AS the curtain came down on the 62nd Wexford Festival Opera on Sunday night, artistic director David Agler announced the programme for next year's international event.

The three main operas for 2014 will be 'Salome' by Mariotte, 'Don Bucefalo' by Antonio Cagnoni, and 'Silent Night' by Steven Puts.

Salome is a one-act opera based on the French play by Oscar Wilde.

It was first performed in October 1908 at the Grand Theatre de Lyon in France.

The Italian opera Don Bucafo was first staged at the Milan Conservatory in 1847.

Silent Night by the living composer Steve Puts and librettist Mark Campbell is set during World War 1 on Christmas Eve 1914 when both sides lay down their arms in a temporary ceasefire.

The opera which is sung in English, German, French, Italian and Latin was commissioned by Minnesota Opera and first performed in November 2011.

Wexford Festival Opera will take place next year from November 22 to November 2.

The organisers of this year's festival are currently reviewing the financial success of the event which brought thousands of visitors to Wexford and a huge boost to the local economy.

The 2013 programme received critical acclaim nationally and internationally.

Meanwhile, it is continuing to entertain through a partnership between Wexford Festival Opera, the European Broadcasting Union and the festival's Irish national radio partner RTE Lyric fm which enables millions of people around the globe to listen to the three mainstage operas on the radio.

Last Saturday night, there was a live broadcast of the double bill Therese and La Navarraise by EBU boradcast partners around the world via Lyric.

Next Saturday, November 9, close to 1 million people are expected to tune in to a broadcast of Cristina, regina di Svezia which was pre-recorded on the closing night of the festival..

The live transmission will be heard in Spain, the Czech Republic, Japan and the US among other countries.

In total, 19 national radio stations worldwide are broadcasting operas from Wexford.

'These broadcasts will hopefully encourage listeners to come to Wexford in the future to experience the magic of the Opera Festival.' said a spokeswoman.

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