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.
“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:
Deutsche Oper Berlin
MusicAeterna—Perm State Opera
Welsh National Opera
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