The National Opera House, Wexford

Located among the town’s medieval streets and overlooking the harbour, Wexford Opera House is the multi award winning home to the internationally renowned Wexford Opera Festival.

Woodfit completed extensive work across bars, breakout areas, circulation spaces and of course the two auditoria, one seating 175 and the other seating 708.

The centre piece of the build, the main auditorium, achieved outstanding acoustic properties through a collaboration between the architects team, Arup Acoustics and Woodfit Acoustics. Woodfit supplied absorptive, deflector and scattering panel treatments, a curved balcony and seating elements. Canadian Walnut was used to promote the best possible dark out and direct focus to the stage.

CLIENT
Wexford Festival Opera

ARCHITECT
OPW and Keith Williams

ACOUSTIC CONSULTANT
Arup

MAIN CONTRACTOR
Cleary Doyle

COMPLETED
2009

“The architectural and critical acoustic qualities of the building have received very favorable acclaim nationally and internationally from our audiences, music critics, musicians, performers, back-stage personnel, staff music critics, musicians, performers, back-stage personnel, staffand our 300 volunteers who man the building during the opera festival.”

Wexford Festival Opera

“the auditorium acts like a musical instrument in the way that its volume and its acoustic properties add depth to the sound of the orchestra and the orchestra’s singers.”

Keith Williams, Lead Architect