Documentary which focusses on Wexford Festival Opera to premiere in New York

A documentary which focusses on the Wexford Festival Opera, will receive its world premiere in the festival’s Audio Storytelling strand…

RTÉ announced today that Magic on a Winter’s Night has been officially selected for this year’s Tribeca Festival in New York. The documentary,

Presented by Mary Brophy for The Lyric FeatureMagic on a Winter’s Night goes behind the scenes at the 71st Wexford Festival Opera as Artistic Director Rosetta Cucchi and her teams orchestrate their particular brand of alchemy. Featuring live excerpts from RTÉ lyric fm’s recordings of the 2022 opening opera La Tempesta, location recordings and input from the talented cast of performers and crew, the listener is brought from stage rehearsals to opening night in this portrait of a post-pandemic creative world.

Magic on a Winter’s Night is co-produced by Eoin O Kelly, RTÉ lyric fm and Neal Boyle, IWR Media for The Lyric Feature documentary strand.

The programme will get its Irish broadcast premiere this October on RTÉ lyric fm in advance of this year’s edition of the Wexford Festival Opera.

Speaking to Wexford Weekly about the Tribeca official selection Mary Brophy said:

 “I’m thrilled with the selection. Tribeca is one of the world’s most prestigious festivals and to have this story resonate with the Tribeca selectors is really gratifying. Getting behind the scenes at Wexford Festival Opera, we were able to give the audience a rare glimpse into the artistry and magic that’s required to bring a festival of this calibre to life. I’m delighted that story gets to travel now,” she said.

Speaking for RTÉ lyric fm, Eoin O Kelly said: 

“Having had the privilege of working at the Wexford Festival Opera as producer of live broadcasts, I have long thought that the sheer creative energy of the participants simply demanded to be captured in documentary form. It’s been great that our partnership with IWR Media to bring this about has been recognised in this way.”

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