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wexford festival opera

Wexford Festival Opera

67th Wexford Festival Opera

Friday 19 October – Sunday 4 November 2018

Experience the magic of Wexford at Opera time. Come stay at Clayton Whites Hotel and be captivated by the 67th Wexford Festival Opera 19 October – 4 November 2018. Clayton Whites Hotel is only minutes’ walk from the National Opera House.

Wexford Festival Opera is one of the world’s most renowned Opera festivals, delighting audiences since 1951 with rarely performed and unjustly neglected operas in the beautiful surroundings of the National Opera House. Every October, Wexford becomes the home to the world’s most talented musicians and artists and is truly alive with the sound of music. The Wexford Fringe Festival and Wexford Spiegeltent Festival run parallel to Wexford Festival Opera, meaning there is something for everyone in Wexford during Opera time.

The 2018 festival programme includes Mala vita (Wretched Life) by Umberto Giordano, L’oracolo (The Oracle) by Franco Leoni, Dinner at Eight and Il bravo (The Assassin).

The very popular lunchtime recitals allow you to get up close and personal with the lead singers of the festival, hosted in the magnificent surrounding of the 18th Century St Iberius Church, right in the heart of historic Wexford Town. Other festival programme highlights include the Gala Concert, Piano Recitals and Friends Lunches. There really is an option to suit every musical taste and budget.

Clayton Whites Hotel is a proud host to the ShortWorks Opera, a small stage daytime operatic performance, with tickets available from the National Opera House. Heading to a lunchtime recital or the ShortWorks Opera? Enjoy lunch with an exclusive opera menu at the newly refurbished Terrace Restaurant in Clayton Whites Hotel.

Each year Clayton Whites Hotel celebrates and supports the very best of Irish artistry and handmade crafts with an annual art and craft exhibition held at the hotel. This locally renowned art and craft exhibition runs throughout the Wexford Festival Opera and is hosted in the lobby, 1st floor and business centre areas of the hotel. Previous artists exhibiting at the art and craft exhibition have included celebrated artists Eoin O’Connor, Senan O’Brien and Mary T. Carberry. The art and craft exhibition adds to the culture and buzz of the Wexford Festival Opera celebrations at Clayton Whites Hotel.

Wine and dine at Clayton Whites Hotel during Wexford Festival Opera:

  • Home-made treats and light snacks served daily from the coffee dock
  • Post opera snack buffet in the coffee dock with live music
  • Festival specials and carvery lunch in the Library Bar 
  • Extensive bar menu served each evening in the Library Bar
  • Full a la carte menu available for pre Opera dinner at the Terrace Restaurant
  • Post opera platters in the Terrace Restaurant (pre-booking essential)
  • The Terrace Restaurant offers a 3 course lunch served daily throughout the ShortWorks Opera

Enjoy live music nightly during Wexford Festival Opera in the Library Bar, with the cosy armchairs and warm ambience providing the perfect setting to relax before or after your operatic experience.