Opera fans turned out in Wexford yesterday as tickets to the Wexford Festival Opera went on sale.
Now in its 60th season, the festival will feature 52 events and will run for 16 days, opening on Friday, October 21, and finishing on November 5.
While general booking has just opened, half of the 20,000 tickets for the festival have already been sold.
This year's three mainstage productions are rarely produced operas.
'La Cour de Celimene', which is sung in French, is a two-act opera-comique by Ambroise Thomas, the composer of 'Mignon' and 'Hamlet'.
The festival will also feature 'Maria' by Polish composer Roman Statkowski, a three-act tragic opera, written in 1903 and performed in Polish.
In honour of the 60th season, the organisers will make use of one of their more favoured composers, Gaetano Donizetti, and produce his 1839 two-act melodrama 'Gianni di Parigi', which will be performed in Italian.
Because of greater demand for weekend performances, three weekdays will not have performances -- October 23 and 25 and November 1 -- but there will be Shortwork productions, lunchtime recitals and other concerts for the public to enjoy.