Thursday 21 November 2019

Chorus of approval for Wexford opera singers

Allison Bray

THE professional chorus of the Wexford Festival Opera will make its grand debut next month. It will be the first time in the opera's 60-year history that the festival has its own dedicated chorus.

After using volunteers and contract singers with the Prague Choir on an ad hoc basis for years, artistic director David Agler said having its very own professional chorus is a dream come true. The chorus is made up of 32 professional singers ranging in age from 20 to 30, who were auditioned across Ireland and the UK. Many are graduates of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and are soloists in their own right.

Their roles vary but they are typically used as background singers or in crowd scenes.

The chorus will make its stage debut when the 2011 festival kicks off in Wexford Town on October 21.

Singers from around the globe got down to their first day of rehearsals yesterday as they prepare for a marathon 50 day and night-time performances during the two-week festival.

Mr Agler said: "The musical backbone of any fine opera house is its chorus and orchestra. I would like to think that the establishment of the Wexford Festival Chorus and orchestra will be my lasting contribution."

Chorus master Gavin Carr said: "Putting this chorus together from some of the best young singers in Ireland and across Europe and beyond has been a thrill and an adventure."

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