RTÉ has announced that it will livestream at this year’s Wexford Festival Opera for the first time, as part of its collaboration with European public service channel, ARTE. The collaboration will see Wexford Festival Opera’s production of Saverio Mercadante’s Il bravo (The Assassin) livestreamed internationally on RTÉ’s online Culture platform, RTE.ie/culture.
In April 2019, the opera will also be broadcast on Arte’s digital on-demand culture channel, Arte Concert as part of ARTE’s 2019 Opera Season in which 22 operas from opera houses across 14 countries will be broadcast free-of-charge to audiences across the world.
This latest collaboration has been facilitated by a partnership between RTÉ and ARTE as part of a pan-European public-service initiative which sets out to promote European culture by offering European cultural content and events on-demand and free-of-charge to audiences worldwide on the digital platforms of partner broadcasters.
According to Ann-Marie Power, Group Head of Arts & Culture, RTÉ: “I’m delighted that RTÉ’s partnership with the Wexford Festival Opera is further enriched this year and that our close relationship with ARTE continues to bear fruit. Arts and culture is for everyone and this visual spectacle, along with RTÉ’s Culture Night events and the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards, is part of a series of exciting arts events which RTÉ is livestreaming and bringing to our audiences, wherever they are.”