Wexford Opera House in Ireland, Contemporary Concert Hall Building Design, Irish Architecture Images
Wexford Opera House Building
Concert Hall Building in Ireland: National Music Venue design by Keith Williams Architects
13 Nov 2014
Wexford Opera House in Ireland
Location: Wexford, County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
Design: Keith Williams Architects with the OPW
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.
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 Festival Opera Theatre Royal 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.
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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Wexford Festival Opera Theatre Royal, Wexford
Design: Keith Williams Architects
Wexford Festival Opera Theatre Royal Building
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Location: High St, Wexford, Ireland
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Keith Williams is design director of Keith Williams Architects (KWA), a firm with numerous accolades supporting its fast growing international reputation for the creation of dramatic, innovative architecture. The London-based architecture practice has won over twenty major design and construction awards for its built projects.
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