• Attend the festival’s opening performances of three spectacular evening operas, including the rarely performed Edmea by Alfredo Catalani
• Karl Goldmark’s Ein Wintermärchen, Ambroise Thomas’s Le Songe d’une nuit d’été and two daytime ‘pocket operas’ will weave a Shakespearean theme through the 2020 festival
• Learn about the history of the operas and Irish architecture in the company of our Tour Directors, operatic baritone Donald Maxwell and architectural historian John Redmill
Operatic baritone, director and lecturer
architect and Honorary Vice President of the Irish Georgian Society
Depart London Heathrow 1035 on British Airways, arriving Dublin 1210. Transfer to Wexford for four nights at Clayton Whites Hotel. Welcome and introduction.
Morning lecture: Introduction to Ein Wintermärchen. Excursion to Waterford (Medieval Museum, Bishop’s Palace and two Georgian cathedrals). Evening festival opera at Wexford Opera House: Ein Wintermärchen.
Opera in three acts
Libretto by Alfred Maria Willner after William
Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale
Sung in German with English surtitles
Morning lecture: Introduction to Le Songe d’une nuit d’été followed by late morning festival pocket opera: ‘The Dark Side of Shakespeare’. Afternoon: short walking tour of Wexford. Evening festival opera at Wexford Opera House: Le Songe d’une nuit d’été.
Le Songe d’une nuit d’été
Opera-comique in three acts
Libretto by Joseph-Bernard Rosier and Adolphe de Leuven
Sung in French with English surtitles
Morning lecture: Introduction to Edmea followed by late morning festival pocket opera: ‘Shakespeare for Fun’. Free afternoon. Evening festival opera at Wexford Opera House: Edmea.
Opera in three acts
Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Transfer to Dublin via Huntington Castle, Clonegal (time permitting). Depart Dublin 1520, arriving Heathrow 1645.
19 Oct — 23 Oct 2020
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“John and Donald were a perfect combination – witty, clever and informative”
“I have been to the Wexford Festival before and always enjoyed it, but this ACE tour was especially wonderful… It will be long remembered with pleasure”
- ACE customers on a previous Wexford Opera Festival tour led by Donald Maxwell and John Redmill
FITNESS & PRACTICALITIES
This tour is not anticipated to be especially strenuous, but participants must meet our minimum fitness criteria and be prepared for some walking, including over uneven ground, as well as late evenings attending performances.
“Wexford Opera Festival is renowned for its beautiful coastal setting and its constantly fascinating mix of rarely staged operas. The festival’s policy has been to revive operas that have dropped off the radar for whatever reason, giving the public a chance to hear them. Many masterpieces have been rediscovered at Wexford as a result, and are now back in the standard repertoire, to everyone’s advantage.
The contrast between the narrow streets of the historical town (founded by the Vikings) and the glitter and sparkle of the festival continues to surprise and delight those who attend. Many travel from across Europe and beyond to enjoy the operas, which take place in the spacious and comfortable 750-seat house, built just over a decade ago. The three First Nights are full of glamour, and many other musical delights take place during the daytime – making for a remarkable and exciting festival that is truly unique.”
- ACE Tour Director John Redmill
Cost of £1985 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £105.