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Tuesday 23 September 2014

NY cash funding opera production

David Tucker

Published 01/10/2013 | 05:42

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MONEY raised from Wexford Festival Opera's inaugural fundraising dinner in New York late last month will be devoted to this year's production of the rare and culturally important work 'Cristina, regina di Svezia' by Jacopo Foroni, and towards the travel costs of the many North American artists and creative personnel travelling to the town for the festival.

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MONEY raised from Wexford Festival Opera's inaugural fundraising dinner in New York late last month will be devoted to this year's production of the rare and culturally important work 'Cristina, regina di Svezia' by Jacopo Foroni, and towards the travel costs of the many North American artists and creative personnel travelling to the town for the festival.

The function was hosted by its recently formed US committee: The American Friends of Wexford Opera, chaired by Shane Naughton with Loretta Brennan Glucksman as its honorary patron.

The event, which raised around $300,000 (€222,000), was the brainchild of chief executive David McLoughlin and was 18 months in the making.

Commenting on the event, he said: 'The objective for this new North American initiative was not just to raise much-needed funds to support the festival's important artistic, cultural, community and economic endeavours, but was also aimed at expanding Wexford's profile.'

The Wexford Opera Festival was recently voted the third most popular in the world for opera lovers by Frommer's travel guide and was recently shortlisted as best festival opera at the International Opera Awards.

Leading proceedings at the Mandarin Oriental was Brian Kellow, features editor of Opera News and long-time attendee of the Wexford festival.

The highlight of the evening was a special and intimate performance by soprano Angela Meade, one of the leading members of Wexford's alumnus following her European debut in Wexford in 2010, and who has since gone on to become one of the most successful international opera performers of her generation.

Also in attendance were the consul general of Ireland to the United States, Noel Kilkenny, and his wife Hanora, and former artistic director of Wexford Festival Opera and recently retired head of opera at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden Elaine Padmore.

This year's Festival will be opened by best-selling author Eoin Colfer on Wednesday, October 22, and will run until Sunday, November 3.

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