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Classical Cravings

28th Sep 2014

The phantom and his lover in Phantom of the Opera.

The lights dim, the noise fades, the conductor raises his baton, the music starts and the curtain rises, voices begin to sing – and so the magical journey of the opera begins. If you see yourself in this picture, then this end-of-the-year opera season calendar is for you.

Wexford Festival Opera 2014.

Ireland The Wexford Opera Festival | 22 October – 2 November 2014

Irish opera buffs have been waiting for the opening of the 63rd Wexford Opera Festival all year. Here is what they are awarded with come October.

Salom? is a French take on Wilde’s scandalous play on the goings-on in the family of the Biblical Herod.

Don Bucefalo This bel-canto opera takes a look at rivalry between opera singers (the original divas).

Silent Night The European premiere of this epic Pulitzer prize-winning opera recounts the short truce in the early days of World War 1.

For the full programme and to book tickets, click here.

Opera house.

Europe & North America For opera lovers and discerning travellers, here is a list of autumn and winter opera events abroad. Combine these with city breaks, shopping trips and foodie adventures for an awesome autumn escape.

Carmen | 4 October?1 November | Royal Opera House, London

Tosca |10 October?28 November | Paris National Opera

Don Giovanni | 11?19 November | Teatro La Fenice di Venezia (Also an opportunity to explore Venice in the off-season.)

Simon Boccanegra | 31 October?19 November | La Scala di Milano (Arrive in town right after Fashion Week, and just in time for the launch of the pr?t-?-porter?collections.)

Le Nozze di Figaro | from 4 December | New York Metropolitan Opera (Just in case you’re flying over for a pre-Christmas shopping spree.)

La Traviata | from 5 December | Vienna State Opera (Combine this with a visit to the Vienna Christmas market – FYI: Europe’s best – for a winning weekend.)


To see the productions of the world’s great opera houses in a cinema location near to you, head to Classical Arts Ireland to book your ticket for a live show.