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Wexford opera talent tops nominations at this year's Oscars with a twist

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Wexford's Opera Festival  in October 2013

Wexford's Opera Festival in October 2013

Wexford's Opera Festival in October 2013

Wexford’s opera talent is set to feature in this year’s Oscars with a twist.

The Wexford Festival Opera has received four nominations in the 2nd annual International Opera Awards, one of only two companies to receive as many nominations worldwide.

In what is now considered The Oscars of the opera world, Wexford Festival Opera and the NY Met were the only two companies to receive four nominations each.

Wexford has been shortlisted in the Best Festival category for the second year in a row. They will be up against Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence and the Rossini festival in Pesaro

The group was also nominated for Best Chorus and Best Re-discovered Work for ‘Cristina, regina de svezia’.

Finally, Australian soprano Helena Dix, who sang the title role of ‘Cristina’, was also nominated in the Best Young Singer category based on her critically-acclaimed performance in Wexford last October.

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Wexford Opera House Photo: Ros Kavanagh

Wexford Opera House Photo: Ros Kavanagh

Wexford Opera House Photo: Ros Kavanagh

“2013 was a vintage year at Wexford and these nominations confirm that,” Chairman of Wexford Festival Opera Ger Lawlor said.

“We are delighted that the International reputation of the festival under the stewardship of David Agler, our Artistic Director, continues to flourish and has been recognised by these prestigious awards.

“We are ever grateful to The Arts Council for their continued support.”

The winners will be announced at a gala award ceremony on Monday, April 7 at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

For a full list of nominations, see below:

Best Chorus

Bayreuth Festival

Deutsche Oper Berlin

Metropolitan Opera

MusicAeterna—Perm State Opera

Welsh National Opera

Wexford Festival

 

Best Festival

Aix-en-Provence

Bregenz

Glyndebourne

Longborough

Pesaro

Wexford

 

Best Re-discovered work

Cristina, regina di Svezia (Foroni), Wexford

Elena (Cavalli), Aix-en-Provence

L’Olympiade (Myslivešek), Dijon-Caen-Luxembourg-Prague

Oresteia (Taneyev), Bard SummerScape

 

Best Young Singer

Emöke Baráth

Jamie Barton

Helena Dix

Joyce El-Khoury

Joélle Harvey

Duncan Rock

Corinne Winters

Pretty Yende

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