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Wexford Factory Academy to perform at Opera House


The Wexford Factory Academy 11 will perform at the National Opera House on September 26.

The Wexford Factory Academy 11 will perform at the National Opera House on September 26.

The Wexford Factory Academy 11 will perform at the National Opera House on September 26.


Some of the next generation of opera singers from The Wexford Factory Academy 11 are set to showcase their talent in the first concert in front of a live audience at the National Opera House since last August.

The early Opera Festival event featuring members of the development academy established by artistic director Rosetta Cucchi, is taking place on September 26, with tickets currently on sale along with extra bookings available for all other productions due to the recent Government decision to increase capacity for indoor venues.

The 70th Wexford Festival Opera will run from October 19 to 31 with over 50 events from main stage operas to concerts, pop-up events and lectures, featuring artists from around the world.

The forthcoming Wexford Factory concert is the culmination of the first two years of the academy which enables young singers to learn from some of the best artists and coaches in the world. The initiative is sponsored by PwC as part of their commitment to supporting young talent in challenging times.

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Wexford Festival Opera has a long history of being a springboard for many young singers at the beginning of their careers, helping them move onto the international stage.

The Factory, which is open to young Irish or Irish-based singers, is building on that tradition, mentoring young singers through masterclasses led by internationally recognised artists and professionals

The inaugural Wexford Factory began in 2020, and will come to the end of its first two year cycle this autumn. Ten of the artists who took part last year have returned to Wexford again for further artistic development with world-renowned artists, including Gregory Kunde, Ernesto Palacio, Ermonela Jaho, Anne Sophie Duprels and Tara Erraught.

The participating artists are Rory Dunne, Jade Phoenix, Kathleen Norchi, Ava Dodd, Sarah Richmond, Anna Brady, Andrew Gavin, Conor Prendiville, Vladimir-Mihai Sima and Conall William O’Neill and they are joined by Aleksey Kursanov  who is on an exchange with the Bolshoi Young Artists programme.

Following the two weeks of intensive workshops, the members will also perform in I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Vincenzo Bellini as part of Wexford Festival Opera 2021.

The Wexford Factory is an international collaboration with Technological University Dublin (TUD), the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM), the Bolshoi Young Artists Opera Programme, Moscow and the Rossini Opera Festival Academy Pesaro.

Academy participants have already benefited from the international connections offered by the programme  – Jade Phoenix was chosen to take part in the Alberto Zedda Academy at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy this summer and another Factory artist will join the Bolshoi Young Artists’ Programme in Moscow.

Tickets are available at wexfordopera.com  and by telephoning the National Opera House box office on 053 912 2144.