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13 Nov 2014

Wexford Opera House in Ireland

Location: Wexford, Ireland

Design: Keith Williams Architects

The home of the internationally recognised Wexford Festival Opera designed by Keith Williams Architects with the OPW, has recently been officially recognised by the Irish Government as Ireland’s National Opera House.

Wexford Opera House

During Wexford’s annual autumn opera festival, the announcement of the renaming of the multi-award winning opera house was made on the stage of the 771 seat main auditorium by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, to the capacity audience at the festival’s official opening.

Ms Humphreys said she was delighted to give her “full support to the renaming of Wexford Opera House as the National Opera House. I have asked my officials to work with Wexford and the Arts Council to put this into effect, in recognition of Wexford’s position as the home of Ireland’s only custom-built opera house.”

Wexford Opera House officially opened in 2008 and remains Ireland’s only custom-built Opera House, winning numerous national and international architectural awards. It is a year-round cultural receiving house for opera and also for multi-disciplinary performance art-forms, and is the home of Wexford Festival Opera, one of the leading opera Festivals in the world, each year attracting audiences from Ireland and abroad who travel to Wexford to experience this unique celebration of opera.

Wexford Opera House

The new designation for the Wexford Opera House, which opened in 2008, means Ireland will no longer be the only country in the EU not to have a national opera house, and underlines Wexford’s status as one of Europe’s leading opera companies.

David McLoughlin : Chief Executive of Wexford Festival Opera said….
“The official recognition of Wexford as Ireland’s National Opera House will help secure a legacy in opera in Ireland for generations to come, but perhaps more importantly deservedly recognises the State’s previous significant investment in the creation of what has been internationally acclaimed as ‘the best small opera house in the world’.” Congratulations are very much due to Keith Williams Architects for their superb building.

Keith Williams: Founder and Director of Design at Keith Williams Architects said….
“Naturally we are thrilled that Wexford is now officially Ireland’s National Opera House. Such buildings are where art and architecture meet in a very profound way. Wexford Opera has won so many major international awards for the unique qualities of its festival and the excellence of its productions, and I am very proud of the building and the part it has played in Wexford’s success.”

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Background to Keith Williams Architects

Keith Williams

Keith Williams is design director of Keith Williams Architects (KWA), a firm with a stream of accolades supporting its fast growing international reputation for the creation of dramatic, innovative architecture. The London based firm was winner of the prestigious BD Public Building Architect of the Year Award in 2006 & 2008, and has won more than 20 major design and construction awards for its built projects.

The firm’s major projects include the multi-award winning Athlone Civic Centre, Co. Westmeath 2001-2004, the newly completed Wexford Opera House 2005 – 2008, and Clones Library & County HQ, Co. Monaghan 2004-2008 all in Ireland. Elsewhere, inert alia, the firm’s award winning Unicorn Theatre, London was completed 2005, The Long House, London in 2007, whilst at design stage the firm is working on the new Marlowe Theatre complex in Canterbury, in addition to the new district Museum in Chichester.

Keith Williams is a specialist designer of cultural buildings including theatres, opera houses, museums and galleries, libraries, civic centres, and frequently faces the challenge of building in a tight urban or historic context. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and has recently been appointed to the National Design Review Panel of CABE.

The firm has won numerous competitions and its work, which has been published worldwide.

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