The 1999 Wexford Festival Opera featured Irish soprano Elizabeth Woods, hoping to make her mark with one of the lead roles in Polish opera 'The Haunted Manor' by Stanislaw Moniuszko.

She tells Helen McInerney what it takes to be an opera singer in this 'Nationwide' report from 15 October 1999.

Aside from dedication to the craft, there are the challenges of singing in foreign languages and communicating with foreign colleagues.

The annual festival brings millions of euros and a cosmopolitan atmosphere to Wexford. Artistic director Luigi Ferrari says it is difficult to book good singers, but there is some good talent here in Ireland. Also interviewed are festival chief executive Jerome Hynes and Emer Lovett, Wexford Chamber of Commerce C.E. 

Elizabeth Woods
Elizabeth Woods