The 51 ST Waterford International Music Festival
The Waterford International Music Festival is a celebration of what’s best about music, from popular musicals to high school concerts. Formerly known as the Waterford International Light Opera Festival, this year marks the 51st anniversary, taking place in the impressive Theatre Royal from May 1st to May 13th, 2012.
The festival, including the Waterford International Light Opera Festival and the high energy High School Festival is hosted in Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city and best kept secret, a place rich in music and steeped in tradition.
With such a diversity of talents and events, this much loved “mother of all festivals” has something for music lovers of all ages and tastes.
Headline Act, Finbar Wright
Irish tenor, poet, songwriter and performer, Finbar Wright will perform a special concert on Thursday, May 3rd.
Ever since he released his first album "Because" in 1990, Finbar Wright has been a household name in Ireland.
Twenty one years on, his achievements have been impressive, surpassing even the high expectations of music gurus such as producers Mike Batt and Phil Coulter who both worked on some of his earliest albums and correctly predicted that he would be a world star. He has performed in all the major concert halls around the globe, from the Albert Hall in London to Sydney Opera House; from the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles to Carnegie Hall, New York.
Working alongside some of the greatest orchestras in the world, he has sung with famous performers as diverse as Jerry Lee Lewis and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and from Bryn Terfel of Wales to Montserrat Caballé of Spain.