Fireworks to light up the skies of Wexford for Opera Opening

The 65th Wexford Festival Opera commences on Wednesday evening, 26th of October with the civic opening ceremony and a wonderful spectacular fireworks display over the Wexford Quayside.


The fireworks display will commence at 7pm however those attending the opening ceremony are advised to arrive early as traffic restrictions will be in place from 6pm to 9pm. Extra parking and stewards will also be on hand to assist.

The opening evening is one of the highlights in Wexford’s calendar of events, especially for children and families. The 65th Wexford Festival Opera runs from Wednesday, 26 October for 12 days.

A dramatic and diverse trio of rarely produced operas will take the mainstage, the festival will open with Herculanum by Félicien David (1810-1876), an epic tale of forbidden love between Pagan royalty and Christian slaves, set against the backdrop and ultimate eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

In addition to the three evening operas, this year’s programme also includes three daytime ShortWorks operas, concerts, lunchtime recitals, lectures, talks, parties, buffets and lunches: 56 events over the 12-day Festival.  There is a range of ticket prices for the evening operas beginning at just €25, while daytime events range from just €10 to €30. Prelude Friends can avail of tickets from €20.

Wexford is festival central this autumn with the Wexford Speigeltent Festival events and the Wexford Fringe festival running in tandem with the annual Wexford Festival Opera. For further details on all events see



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