Opera Festival director David hangs up baton

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THe retiring artistic director of Wexford Festival Opera, David Agler took his final bow on stage in the National Opera House before being honoured by the Borough District Council at a civic reception in the Talbot Hotel.

As the 68th festival came to close with a double bill performance of La Cucina and Adina, the audience joined with the cast and company in singing Old Lang Syne and an emotional David Agler formally passed the baton to his successor and longstanding associate Rosetta Cucchi.

Thanking the ‘volunteer core’ of the Festival for everything they do, Mr. Agler said: “Thank you for the friendship you have given me over these many years.”

Ms. Cucchi said she was “honoured to succeed David who has been a great mentor and a great friend”. She hoped she would be able to give to Wexford what Wexford had given her over the years, she said.

Afterwards, hundreds of people attended the civic reception to celebrate the end of a successful 68th Festival.

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