Wexford Festival Opera photo by Patrick Redmond
Wexford Festival Opera photo by Patrick Redmond

Music and Art

Wexford - The Opera Festival

If it were not for Compton Mackenzie, many an operatic masterpiece may have been forgotten. The writer, raconteur and commentator came up with the idea for the Wexford Opera Festival back in 1951, but wasn’t satisfied with it being just another opera event. From that first outing over 65 years ago to the present day, the Wexford Festival has operated on the same ideal - introducing audiences to neglected and unjustly overlooked works.

Opera is no longer an escape for the elite only. So, join us in Wexford to discover operatic treasures within a wonderful ancient Viking town, nestled on the banks of the River Slaney. Here, we meet the chairman of the festival, we are treated to a private tour of the city along with Selskar Abbey, and we get to attend impressive performances. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a workshop led by local Irish musicians. This tour offers a unique and exciting immersion into opera.

What's included?

  •  Flights
  •  Local transport
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Accommodation
  •  Expert guide
  •  Professional tour manager

Tour highlights:

  • A rousing Irish dancing and music workshop with local Irish musicians, who are completely dedicating to promoting and preserving the musical heritage of beautiful Ireland
  • A private reception at the beautiful opera house
  • An excursion to the oldest working lighthouse on the dramatic coastal area of Hook
  • Join the Wexford Historical Society for a special guided walking tour of the town, during which we learn about the significance of its Viking-built harbour and other buildings

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