Wexford opera picks up top theatre prize
A Wexford Festival production has been named Best Opera at the Irish Theatre Awards.
'Cristina, regina de Svezia' won the accolade at a ceremony in the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, Dublin at the weekend.
The opera which was a hit at last year's festival in Wexford, was directed by Stephen Medcalf, conducted by Andrew Greenwood and designed by Jamie Vartan.
Festival chairman Ger Lawlor and assistant director Conor Hanratty accepted the award on behalf of the creative team.
'Finding an unknown opera of this quality and presenting it to the highest international standard is what makes Wexford the very special place that it is,' said Mr. lawlor, complimenting Artistic Director David Agler on his choice of opera.
The 19th century opera by Jacopo Foroni is based loosely on the life of the Queen of Sweden.
'Cristina, regina de Svezia' has also been nominated for Best Re-discovered Work at this year's international Opera Awards while the Opera Festival is nominated for Best Festival, Best Chorus and Best Young Singer -Helena Fix for her performance in the title role of Cristina.
The winners will be announced in a Gala Ceremony in London on April 7.