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Wexford Opera Festival

Autumn, 2018 | Tour Director: Sandy Burnett


Nestling amidst the medieval streets of old Wexford, Ireland’s most impressive music venue – the National Opera House – celebrates a superb annual festival of opera with an impressive range of music and performers. 

Since the first festival of music and the arts took place in 1951, Wexford Opera Festival has grown into one of the leading opera events of the year and draws audiences from all over the world to enjoy often-neglected works and forgotten masterpieces. The festival is particularly well known for introducing up-and-coming operatic stars, conductors and directors. 

Alongside the festival operas, previous tours have included a backstage tour of the National Opera House and excursions into the beautiful surrounding area, to Waterford – with its Viking remains and Georgian cathedrals – and to the ancestral seat of the Marquesses of Waterford in nearby Curraghmore.

This tour will be led by Sandy Burnett, MA, a musician with a varied career embracing conducting, playing double bass and communicating his passion for music. Sandy spent a decade as one of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3, hosting dozens of live broadcasts from the BBC Proms and interviewing many of the world’s finest musicians.


Autumn, 2018
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Full details relased in early 2018. Some itinerary details may be subject to change. Contact the ACE office now to register your interest.






Sandy Burnett MA

Sandy Burnett is a musician and broadcaster with a varied career embracing conducting, broadcasting, playing double bass, and communicating his passion for music. His conducting credits include a complete cycle of Bach cantatas as well as work with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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