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.
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.
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.
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.