Night at opera starts with a bang
MAESTRO David Angus and Therese Timoney were on hand to conduct proceedings on the opening night of the Wexford Festival Opera.
President Michael D Higgins officially launched the sixth Wexford Festival Opera at the annual quay-front ceremony and was guest of honour for the opening gala performance of the Italian opera, 'L'Arlesiana' by Francesco Cilea, which includes locally born soprano Laura Murphy among its cast.
Earlier he had addressed some 25,000 people who lined the quay-front before an explosion of colour lit up the night sky as the crowd enjoyed a spectacular fireworks display. The festival runs for 12 days until November 4.
This year's programme includes three mainstage opera productions: the others are 'Le Roi Malgré Lui' ('The King in Spite of Himself) by Emmanuel Chabrier, and 'A Village Romeo and Juliet' by Frederick Delius. There are also two daytime operas: 'A Dinner Engagement', a one-act comic opera by Lennox Berkeley, and 'The Magic Flute' by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.