Sunday 20 October 2019

Festival tickets in big demand

Bookings up for this year's operas

David Tucker

WEXFORD Festival Opera is reporting an encouraging start to its bookings for the 2013 festival.

Bookings opened to the various Friends groups on Tuesday with general bookings opening on June 4.

'It was a very encouraging start and up on the previous year,' said festival spokesperson Elizabeth Rose Browne.

'It is up regionally, nationally and internationally, anything between five and 10 per cent,' she said.

Organisers are hoping to sell upwards of 20,000 tickets for the 2013 festival which runs from October 23 to November 4.

The establishment of the European Friends and the development of the American Friends is seen as a further filip to the festival which has been working hard to sell despite the recession hitting some of its core patronage.

'We've a month for Friends to get bookings along with the other benefits they get,' said Elizabeth.

This year's programme includes Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze (The Florentine Straw Hat) by Nino Rota, a double bill of Thérèse and La Navarraise by Jules Massenet, and Cristina, regina di Svezia by Jacopo Foroni.

Afternoon programme includes four shortwork operas: La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi (celebrating the 200th anniversary of his birth), The Sleeping Queen by Michael William Balfe, L'Elisir d'amore by Gaetano Donizetti and Losers, by Richard Wargo.

Elizabeth said another reason demand was higher this year, was the prestigious Opera Europa conference, which will attract some 200 delegates.

Opera Europa, the sole representative organisation for all opera houses, companies, festivals and opera professionals throughout Europe and beyond, will hold its annual gathering in Ireland for the first time ever in 2013.

The conference - during the second week of the festival - will provide a unique opportunity to promote, present and enhance the reputation of Wexford Opera and the Irish cultural sector, and will further showcase it as a leading destination for opera and music lovers

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