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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Eoin Colfer's hit play will be performed during Opera Festival

By Esther Hayden

Conductor Stephen Barlow makes a welcome return.
Conductor Stephen Barlow makes a welcome return.
Eoin Colfer's 'My Real Life' is included in the 2017 programme.

public booking is now open for the Wexford Festival Opera.

Now in its 66th year, this internationally renowned festival, once again nominated for 'Best Festival' in the forthcoming International Opera Awards, will run over an extended 18-day period, from Thursday, October 19 to Sunday, November 5.

A variety of performances and talks and even a play are on offer during the festival, which runs over three weekends. A total of 61 events is open to the general public, while additional events are exclusive to 'Friends of Wexford Festival Opera'. Tickets for daytime events are priced from just €10 and main evening operas from just €20.

The Festival will open with Medea by Luigi Cherubini directed by Fiona Shaw who will also deliver the 2017 Dr Tom Walsh Lecture. Stephen Barlow makes a welcome return to Wexford to conduct, while newcomer Annemarie Woods will design both sets and costumes.

This year's other two main evening operas include the highly anticipated Margherita by Jacopo Foroni and Risurrezione by Franco Alfano, based on the Tolstoy novel. Margherita will be conducted by Tim Myers, who conducted the much celebrated opera, Vanessa, last year. Director Michael Sturm and designer Stefan Rieckhoff will make their Wexford debuts in this co-production with Oldenburghisches Staatstheater. Wexford veterans, director Rosetta Cucchi, set designer Tiziano Santi, costume designer Claudia Pernighotti, and conductor Francesco Cilluffo form the creative team for Risurrezione. Christopher Akerlind will serve as lighting designer for all three main evening productions.

In addition to the three main evening operas there will also be the world-premiere of two one-act operas entitled Dubliners. Based on Counterparts and The Boarding House from Joyce's Dubliners, the opera is composed by Andrew Synnott, with adaptation and text by Arthur Riordan.

Adding to the artistic diversity of the Festival, the play, My Real Life, by Wexford-man and New York Times best-selling author Eoin Colfer has recently been added to the programme. My Real Life will have four weekend performances in the Jerome Hynes Theatre on October 27, 28 and November 3, 4 at 8.30 p.m. Presented by Theatre Royal Productions, My Real Life is a one-man show staring Don Wycherley and directed by Ben Barnes.

Described as a play that will make you laugh and cry in equal measure, this touching and entertaining play tells the story of Noel, who has advanced MS and decides to end it all. While waiting for his overdose to take effect, he records an increasingly rambling message full of humour and small-town anecdotes for his best friend.

To book visit www.wexfordopera.com.

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