Alexandra Coghlan

Buried treasure | 3 November 2016

Plus: Vanessa, an obscure Samuel Barber opera that deserves an outing in a major UK opera house

Wexford is to opera-goers what casinos are to gamblers. The uncertainty, the hope, the exhilaration — they’re all a crucial part of a festival that annually rolls the dice, plucking three obscure, often all but unknown, operas from the repertoire and giving them a staging. Dealing the cards is David Agler, the artistic director whose canny choices ensure that not only the house but also the audience always wins.

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