National Opera House, Wexford

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Opera · Theater
Ireland's National Opera House

A state-of-the-art auditorium tactfully inserted into a dense, historic urban plan; a “secret gem” tucked away behind a reinstated street-front.

All walnut-lined auditorium, calling to mind the interior of a stringed instrument. Lighting bridges within the room, precision-crafted to be shown off, like the bridges of a stringed instrument.

Stage and forestage layout and technology allow the presentation of six different performances in a three day cycle.

Excellent sight-lines, optimised for performance on the forestage, in accordance with the Wexford Festival Opera tradition.

Horseshoe-shaped balconies, where the audiences in the upper levels are brought into better contact with the stage, enhance the performance experience for audiences and performers alike. This layout, which was largely abandoned in 20th Century design, enhances the atmosphere by populating the side walls of the auditorium, making the audience more ‘visible’ to itself.

The operational flexibility given by the orchestra pit lifts, and the stage and backstage facilities, together with the horse shoe-shaped balconies, arguably qualify National Opera House as Ireland’s first fully-specified purpose-built opera house.

Box Office: +353 53 912 2144

General Office: +353 53 912 2400

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  • Perhaps the most uncomfortable venue I have visited. Seats are too close together. More legroom on Ryanair. Performance ruined by audience using phones and tablets to record the show. When I...  more »
  • Absolutely stunning theatre and a must see experience. I’ve been lucky to perform here numerous times and the second you walk in stage you are catapulted to a whole other level of artistic...  more »
  • Visited the Star View Cafe. I had the pasta dish of the day which was truly delicious. Always inviting friendly efficient staff. Love the cakes home baked every day.
  • Fabulous venue staff are fantastic. They put on great shows. I would definitely recommend it.

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