The production collaboration of Wide Open Opera/Landmark Productions, and Wexford Festival Opera have both scooped major international opera awards in recent weeks.
In May, Wexford Festival Opera won the best festival category at the international opera awards which took place at the London Coliseum. The international opera awards is an annual celebration of excellence in world opera, and in winning this year’s award, Wexford headed a shortlist which also included Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (France); Festival Verdi (Parma, Italy); Garsington Opera (UK); Lyon Festival (France); and Spoleto Festival (USA).
Accepting the award on behalf of the festival, Artistic Director David Agler, now in his 13th Season with the festival, said;
“This award validates the founders' conviction and determination; a winning combination of a shared vision, artistic quality and a warm welcome, truly second to none.”
Following that , in June , WOO/ Landmark won the the coveted Fedora–Generali Prize for Opera 2017 for the new production of Donncha Dennehy & Enda Walsh’s The Second Violinist, and Wexford Festival Opera has won the International Opera Festival of the year.
The Second Violinist, is the second opera composed by Donnacha Dennehy and written and directed by Enda Walsh. Funded by an Arts Council Opera Production award, it follows on the national and international success of The Last Hotel in 2015, and will have its world premiere 27 July at Galway International Arts Festival and will also run as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2017 from 2-8 October.
Fedora - The European Circle of Philanthropists of Opera and Ballet – has as part of its mission to nurture European innovation and creativity though a prize competition that supports new opera and ballet projects, created by emerging artists and realised in the form of co-productions. The award of €150,000 will enable Wide Open Opera and Landmark Productions to forge new international producing partnerships and ensure that this new Irish opera tours internationally in 2018.