Peter Moores Foundation
Maria di Rohan, 2005
Don Gregorio, 2006
L’Assedio di Calais, 1991
Wexford Festival Opera would like to record its deep gratitude to the Trustees of the Peter Moores Foundation for their magnificent grant support over the past twenty-one years. The Foundation’s support for this year’s Festival production of Chabrier’s Le Roi malgré lui is especially significant because it heralds the final year of the Foundation’s charitable work. This will be marked by a series of opera productions in the UK starting in 2013 and concluding, with one exception, in 2014, the year of the Foundation’s fiftieth anniversary.
La Cour de Célimène, 2011
support in the fields of opera, the visual arts and education. As a student, Peter Moores worked at Glyndebourne, studied at the Vienna Academy of Music and worked at the Vienna State Opera before joining his father’s business, Littlewoods. Now, having passed his eightieth birthday earlier this year, he has decided to close down his Foundation after many years of critical support to a wide range of beneficiaries. Since its inception the Peter Moores Foundation has enabled Chandos Records to issue the world’s largest catalogue of operas recorded in English. It has supported Opera Rara’s recording of rare bel canto repertoire, the recording of a number of important new works, the staging of many opera performances at Wexford and elsewhere, and the provision of scholarships to many talented young singers.
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The Foundation’s first gift to Wexford’s Opera Festival was in support of the production of Donizetti’s L’assedio di Calais (1991) and it went on to provide production funding for two more rare Donizetti operas: Maria di Rohan (2005) and Don Gregorio (2006), followed by Mercadante’s Virginia (2010), Ambroise Thomas’s La Cour de Célimène (2011), and finally, this year’s production of Chabrier’s Le Roi malgré lui. Established by British philanthropist Sir Peter Moores in 1964, the Foundation has provided major financial
The Trustees of the Peter Moores Foundation have demonstrated wonderful commitment to opera in Wexford and we salute their important contribution to the life of our Festival over the past two decades.
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Programme Book for 2012 Wexford Festival Opera, Wexford, Ireland