Murder, seduction, intrigue, betrayal, lust, infidelity, tragedy... the plotline of a far-fetched Hollywood movie? The machinations at the Forum, the centre of the Roman Empire?
Not even close!
To really capture the extremities of the human condition, one form of expression beats everything else hands down!
The drama, the excitement, the passion of Opera!
Today, we celebrate the majesty of operatic music in the company of one of Ireland's most accomplished and best-loved opera singers, Niamh Murray!
The 62nd Wexford Opera Festival takes place this year from October 23rd until November 3rd, when audiences will be able to enjoy works by Verdi, Donizetti and Jules Massanet, alongside more recent operas by composers such as Richard Wargo and Nino Rota.
And to celebrate the Festival, we have a fantastic prize to be won!
The prize includes an overnight for two people sharing with dinner and breakfast at the Ferrycarrig Hotel.
It will include tickets for two people for the opening night of the Festival on the October 23rd, which is a farce by the name of Il cappello di paglia di Firenze (The Florentine Straw Hat).
The winner will also receive champagne at the interval and an invite to an exclusive post opera party.
Also, if you need train transport – within Ireland of course – to and from Wexford, you will be provided with that.
All you need to do to be in with a chance to win is e-mail us (to firstname.lastname@example.org) or write to us at Mooney, RTÉ Radio One, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, and tell us why you think you deserve this prize...
It may be because you have NEVER been to the Opera... or because you have a very special memory of one particular evening at the Opera... or you could be a complete fanatic and would walk to Wexford in the rain from the top of Carrauntoohill to get to one!
We will decide who is the most deserving to go - the closing date is Thursday, September 26th, and you have to be over 18 years of age to win this prize.
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Wexford Opera festival runs from October 23rd – November 3rd 2013. Full details are available by visiting www.wexfordopera.com, or booking via 053 912-2144, or in person at the Wexford Opera House box-office.