The Wexford Opera House. Photo: Ros Kavanagh ; The Wexford Opera House. Photo: Ros Kavanagh ;

Wexford Opera House, Wexford

Creating high quality acoustics for a new opera house.

Wexford Opera House is the new home for Wexford Festival Opera, created on the site of the old Theatre Royal.

In order to minimise disruption to the venue's programme of opera festivals, the time allowed for construction was very limited Demolition of the existing theatre started the day after the 2005 festival finished and the new building was completed in time for the 2008 festival.

Arup worked in close partnership with the Office of Public Works providing acoustic design services to create a world-class acoustic environment that enhances opera performance.

Key to the project was retaining the balance between old and new. Arup's work ensured the best acoustic qualities of the old Theatre Royal weren't just recreated but augmented.

After the Opera House reopened the first festival season, received critical acclaim for the acoustics in national and international press.