Wexford Opera Festival 2014 and Marlfield House

Pulitzer prize-winning opera set against the backdrop of WWI to receive European Premiere at Wexford Festival Opera 2014

Wexford Opera Festival 201422 October – 2 November, 2014 

Marlfield is delighted to be involved with the world renowned Wexford Opera Festival. As usual we have a special offer for our guest which includes everything from the moment they arrive including tickets , champagne, dinner and transport.

Guests are invited to arrive on the afternoon of their reservation and have a relaxed afternoon tea. Champagne and canapés will be served preceding an early dinner in our beautiful dining room. You will then be driven to Wexford to the door of the magnificent and world acclaimed Wexford Opera House. For parties of more than eight a champagne reception will be arranged during the interval and following the performance you will be driven back to Marlfield where our staff await your return with a feast of pudding and cheese! Following a peaceful night’s slumber in one of our luxurious country house bedrooms a delicious breakfast will be served in the diningroom overlooking our gardens and grounds. All of the above is available from €370 per person sharing, €80 single supplement.

Additional events and performances during the Wexford Opera Festival are currently being finalised and full details of the 2014 Programme will be announced later. If you wish to stay on at Marlfield for another night or two we would be delighted to offer bed and breakfast from as little as €90 per person sharing and we would arrange tickets for any other performances you may wish to attend.

To make your reservations including your tickets please call 053 9421124

2014 Wexford Opera Festival Programme

The Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night, set against the backdrop of WWI, will be one of the three main stage operas presented this October as part of the 63rd Wexford Festival Opera. The opera won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2012 for American composer Kevin Puts. He and his librettist, Mark Campbell, will travel to Wexford to attend its European premiere performance. They will also give audiences an insight into what it takes to create an award-winning opera when they present the annual Dr Tom Walsh Lecture. 100 years on from WWI the Festival will also contribute to the centenary events with special free screenings of the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, the inspiration for the opera, which tells the story of the night of the temporary truce in no-man’s-land when the troops on both sides celebrated Christmas together.

Silent Night will be just one of the 3 main stage operas presented in 2014. The others are Salomé by Antoine Mariotte and Don Bucefalo by Antonio Cagnoni.

SALOMÉ : Antoine Mariotte (1875–1944) 22, 25, 28, 31 October, 2014

Wexford Opera Festival 2014 - SalomeThis year’s Festival will open with Salomé by Antoine Mariotte (1875-1944) a rarely-performed operatic version of Oscar Wilde’s perceptive play about Hérod’s dysfunctional family and the unhappy relationships between Hérod, his second wife Hérodias (who was also his sister-in-law and his niece) and his great-niece and stepdaughter Salomé. First produced in Lyon in 1908, Mariotte’s Salomé is infused with his impassioned and intense dramatic music, revealing in its subtle harmonies the influence of Debussy.

Conductor – David Angus
Director – Rosetta Cucchi
Set Designer – Tiziano Santi
Costume Designer  – Claudia Pernigotti
Lighting Designer – D M Wood

DON BUCEFALO : Antonio Cagnoni (1828–1896) 23, 26, 29 October | 1 November, 2014

Don Bucefalo Wexford Opera Festival 2014On a lighter note, Don Bucefalo by Antonio Cagnoni (1828-1896) is a delightfully good-humoured comic opera – an opera within an opera – reminiscent of Rossini and Donizetti and distinguished by its melodic inventiveness.

The opera tells the story of Don Bucefalo, who introduces himself as a singing teacher, extolling the rewards of working in the theatre: travel, love, wealth and luxuries. Rosa takes him up on his offer of singing lessons as a means of bettering herself socially, and Don Bucefalo and Don Marco compose an opera and prepare for its performance. But before the (inevitable) happy ending there is rivalry between singers, marital jealousy, the return of a long-lost husband, and the difficulties of putting on a new opera.

Conductor – Sergio Alapont
Director – Kevin Newbury
Set Designer – Victoria Vita Tzykun
Costume Designer – Jessica Jahn
Lighting Designer – D M Wood

SILENT NIGHT : Kevin Puts (b. 1972) 24, 27, 30 October | 2 November, 2014

Silent Night Wexford Oepra Festival 2014 IrelandIn recognition of the centenary of the Great War it is only fitting to present Silent Night by Kevin Puts (b. 1972), which will receive its European premiere at Wexford this October. Commissioned by Minnesota Opera and first performed in 2011 to great critical acclaim, it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2012. The opera’s librettist Mark Campbell was inspired by the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, about the spontaneous 1914 Christmas truce between enemy combatants in the First World War. At its core is a powerful message that war is not sustainable when you come to know your enemy as a person.

Conductor – Michael Christie
Director – Tomer Zvulun
Set Designer – Erhard Rom
Costume Designer – Victoria Vita Tzykun
Lighting Designer – D M Wood

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To make your reservations including your tickets please call 053 9421124