22 October - 3 November

Jules Massenet (1842 - 1912)

The ageing and self-proclaimed knight-errant Don Quichotte and his long-suffering but fiercely devoted servant Sancho set out to have a chivalrous adventure. On his travels, he falls in love with the damsel Dulcinée, who sends him on a quest to retrieve her necklace from a band of thieves. After capture by bandits, a skirmish with windmills and a spurned marriage proposal, Don Quichotte contemplates his greatest adventure yet.  Starring Jette Parker Young Artist and Russian mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshinato to perform the role of La belle Dulcinée. The award-winning and rising star recently performed in La forza dei Cristofori in Covent Garden and was described as "superbly alluring" by Bachtrack in what was called "the cast of the century". Aigul performs the role of Carmen in the Royal Opera House 26 June 2019. Sung in French with English surtitles

22, 25, 29 October & 1 November

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

The fairytale-like story takes place in the valley of Tempe in Greece. The opera tells of the obstacles to the blissful union of Dorilla (a princess) and Elmiro (a shepherd), whose rival Nomio turns out to be the disguised god Apollo. Directed by Fabio Ceresa - Winner of the 2016 International Opera Award for Best Young Director. This will be Fabio's third time directing at Wexford Festival Opera. In 2015 he directed the critically acclaimed Guglielmo Ratcliff (Nominated Best Opera production at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards) and in 2016 he directed Maria de Rudenz. Sung in Italian with English surtitles

23, 26, 30 October & 2 November

Gioachino Rossini/Andrew Synnot

It is the day that has been set aside to celebrate the wedding of the middle-aged Caliph to young Adina; everyone is rejoicing about the event. At the same time, a young Arab named Selimo who is in love with Adina and knows nothing about the wedding has learned that the girl is a prisoner in the Caliph’s harem. The two young people, who have been in love since their adolescent years, were actually on the point of getting married when they were tragically separated. Soon Selimo will learn that Adina is now to marry the Caliph and from there the story unfolds with themes of love, betrayal and jealousy.  Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

24, 27, 31 October & 3 November


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Every year at Wexford festival time the streets, pubs and restaurants are abuzz with excitement. The Fringe Festival takes place alongside the Opera festival and offers a huge array of events and activities for all ages, tastes and styles. Wexford Fringe offers an electric mix of over 300 events over 17 days including cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, puppetry, music and visual art, many of which are free to attend.


During the festival, the Wexford Spiegeltent will host an array of award-winning performances. The eclectic programme of events features contemporary music, comedy, theatre, film, classical music and burlesque. Highlights in previous years include Bell X1, Alabama 3, Mick Flannery, Jason Byrne, Camille O'Sullivan, Tommy Fleming, Jack L, Donovan and Paul Brady to name but a few.