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Wexford Opera Festival

19 Oct — 23 Oct 2020 | Tour Directors: Donald Maxwell, John Redmill

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Tour Directors

Andrew Wilson portrait

Donald Maxwell

Operatic baritone, director and lecturer

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Andrew Wilson portrait

John Redmill,

DipArch, FRIAI

architect and Honorary Vice President of the Irish Georgian Society

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Depart London Heathrow 1035 on British Airways, arriving Dublin 1210. Transfer to Wexford for four nights at Clayton Whites Hotel. Welcome and introduction.



Morning lecture: Introduction to Ein Wintermärchen. Excursion to Waterford (Medieval Museum, Bishop’s Palace and two Georgian cathedrals). Evening festival opera at Wexford Opera House: Ein Wintermärchen.

Ein Wintermärchen

Opera in three acts

Libretto by Alfred Maria Willner after William
Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale

Sung in German with English surtitles



Morning lecture: Introduction to Le Songe d’une nuit d’été followed by late morning festival pocket opera: ‘The Dark Side of Shakespeare’. Afternoon: short walking tour of Wexford. Evening festival opera at Wexford Opera House: Le Songe d’une nuit d’été.

Le Songe d’une nuit d’été

Opera-comique in three acts

Libretto by Joseph-Bernard Rosier and Adolphe de Leuven

Sung in French with English surtitles



Morning lecture: Introduction to Edmea followed by late morning festival pocket opera: ‘Shakespeare for Fun’. Free afternoon. Evening festival opera at Wexford Opera House: Edmea.


Opera in three acts

Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni

Sung in Italian with English surtitles



Transfer to Dublin via Huntington Castle, Clonegal (time permitting). Depart Dublin 1520, arriving Heathrow 1645.

Tour Dates

19 Oct — 23 Oct 2020





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“John and Donald were a perfect combination – witty, clever and informative”

“I have been to the Wexford Festival before and always enjoyed it, but this ACE tour was especially wonderful… It will be long remembered with pleasure”

  • ACE customers on a previous Wexford Opera Festival tour led by Donald Maxwell and John Redmill


This tour is not anticipated to be especially strenuous, but participants must meet our minimum fitness criteria and be prepared for some walking, including over uneven ground, as well as late evenings attending performances.

 “Wexford Opera Festival is renowned for its beautiful coastal setting and its constantly fascinating mix of rarely staged operas. The festival’s policy has been to revive operas that have dropped off the radar for whatever reason, giving the public a chance to hear them. Many masterpieces have been rediscovered at Wexford as a result, and are now back in the standard repertoire, to everyone’s advantage.

The contrast between the narrow streets of the historical town (founded by the Vikings) and the glitter and sparkle of the festival continues to surprise and delight those who attend. Many travel from across Europe and beyond to enjoy the operas, which take place in the spacious and comfortable 750-seat house, built just over a decade ago. The three First Nights are full of glamour, and many other musical delights take place during the daytime – making for a remarkable and exciting festival that is truly unique.” 

  • ACE Tour Director John Redmill

Cost of £1985 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £105.