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  • Cast announced for 2014 Wexford Festival Opera

    Wexford Festival Opera is one of the leading opera festivals in the world and each year attracts audiences to Wexford from home and abroad to experience this unique celebration of opera. Renowned for its presentation of rarely performed operas, the Festival also provides audiences with an invaluable opportunity to experience performances from established singers and - in particular - from emerging Irish and international operatic talent.

    One such ‘emerging’ talent, making her professional opera debut in Wexford, is Irish mezzo-soprano Kate Allen. Kate has spent the past few years in the US where she has made quite an impression on the opera world and, although originally from Dublin, has rarely performed here. She will be making her Wexford Festival Opera debut and professional Irish opera debut singing in Silent Night by Puts and the ShortWorks production of La Cenerentola (Cinderella) by Rossini.

    Having performed to great acclaim at the 2013 Festival and returning to Wexford this year is Canadian mezzo-soprano Nora Sourouzian, who impressed audiences and critics last year in her dynamic performances in the Massenet double-bill, in which she sang two very different roles in the same evening, proving her versatility and talent. Nora will sing the role of Hérodias in the opening production of Salomé by Mariotte.

    Joining Nora in Salomé is Russian baritone Igor Golovatenko, who will sing the role of Iokanaan. Last year Igor sang in Wexford’s production of Cristina, regina di Svezia, which was named ‘Best Re-discovered work’ at this year’s International Opera Awards in London. Friends of Wexford Festival Opera will have the opportunity to hear Igor in concert at the Dublin Friends Recital this June.

    Commenting on the process of casting, Artistic Director David Agler said, “Casting for Wexford Festival is uniquely complicated compared to casting an opera season at a dedicated venue. As Wexford offers great exposure to its performers we make a real effort to give these artists as many opportunities as possible to showcase their talents. Many singers will perform in two or three productions or concerts, but matching the vocal talents with the repertoire requires careful planning and casting. All in all it works out and I am particularly excited about the incoming company.”

    This year’s Festival programme features over 60 performances, comprising three mainstage evening operas, three Shortworks operas, a Gala Concert and seven lunchtime recitals, plus concerts, lectures and film screenings. The evening mainstage opera productions are: Salomé by Antoine Mariotte (1875-1944), based on the play by Oscar Wilde, the 19th-century comedy Don Bucefalo by Antonio Cagnoni and the European premiere of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night by Kevin Puts.

    With something to appeal to those discovering the Festival for the first time or opera lovers who return year-after-year, Wexford Festival Opera is the event to plan for this autumn. Tickets for evening main stage operas are priced between €25 and €140, while tickets for the daytime ShortWorks operas cost €25 each and tickets for daytime concerts and recitals cost €15 each. Attractive Daytime Events Packages, which include lunch at Whites Hotel, are also available.  

    Book on-line 24/7 at or telephone the box-office at +353 (0)53 912 2144, Monday to Saturday, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm.

    The 63rd Wexford Festival Opera is grant-aided by the Arts Council, Fáilte Ireland, and Wexford County Council.

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    Antoine Mariotte (1875–1944)
    22, 25, 28, 31 October, 2014 - 8pm
    O'Reilly Theatre, Wexford Opera House
    Tragédie lyrique in one act after the play by Oscar Wilde
    First performed on 30 October 1908 at the Grand-Théâtre, Lyon
    Sung in French

    Salomé             Na'ama Goldman
    Hérodias           Nora Sourouzian
    Hérod               Scott Wilde
    Iokanaan           Igor Golovatenko
    Le Jeune Syrien Eamonn Mulhall

    Chorus of Wexford Festival Opera
    Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera

    Conductor                    David Angus
    Director                       Rosetta Cucchi
    Set Designer               Tiziano Santi
    Costume Designer       Claudia Pernigotti
    Lighting Designer         D M Wood

    Don Bucefalo
    Antonio Cagnoni (1828–1896)
    23, 29 October, 1 November, 2014 – 20:00
    October 26 – 17:00
    O'Reilly Theatre, Wexford Opera House
    Melodrama giocoso in three acts to a libretto by Calisto Bassi
    First performed on 28 June 1847 at the Conservatory of Music, Milan
    Sung in Italian

    Don Bucefalo          Alessandro Spina
    Rosa                      Marie-Ève Munger
    Il Conte di Belprato  Matthew Newlin
    Agata                     Jennifer Davis
    Gianetta                 Kezia Bienek
    Don Marco             Davide Bartolucci
    Carlino                   Peter Davoren

    Chorus of Wexford  Festival Opera
    Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera

    Conductor                    Sergio Alapont
    Director                        Kevin Newbury
    Set Designer                 Victoria Vita Tzykun
    Costume Designer        Jessica Jahn
    Lighting Designer          D M Wood

    Silent Night
    Kevin Puts (b. 1972)
    24, 27, 30 October, 2014 – 20:00
    2 November, 2014 – 17:00
    O'Reilly Theatre, Wexford Opera House - European Premiere
    Opera in two acts to a libretto by Mark Campbell based on the screenplay by Christian Caron for the film Joyeux Noël
    First performed on 12 November, 2011 at the Ordway Theater, St Paul, Minnesota
    Sung in English, French, German, Italian and Latin

    The German Side
    Nikolaus Sprink  Chad Johnson
    Anna Sorensen  Sinéad Mulhern
    Lieutenant Horstmayer  TBA
    Kronprinz     Alex Tsilogiannis
    The Scottish Side
    Johnathan Dale   Alex Sprague
    William Dale    Ian Beadle
    Father Palmer   Quentin Hayes
    Lieutenant Gordon  Gavan Ring
    British Major   Koji Terada
    The French Side
    Lieutenant Audebert  Mathew Worth
    Poncel    Quirijn de Lang
    General Audebert  Scott Wilde
    Madeleine Audebert  Kate Allen
    Gueusselin   Jamie Rock

    Chorus of Wexford Festival Opera
    Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera

    Conductor                     Michael Christie
    Director                         Tomer Zvulun
    Set Designer                  Erhard Rom
    Costume Designer         Victoria Vita Tzykun
    Lighting Designer          D M Wood

    Double Bill:  
    The Wandering Scholar by Gustav Holst (1874–1934)
    Trial by Jury by Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900) and W.S. Gilbert (1836–1911)
    Thursday, 23 October
    Wednesday, 29 October
    Saturday, 1 November
    Whites Hotel – 15:30
    Tickets €25 – Allocated seating
    Sung in English

    Trial by Jury
    The Learned Judge  Ian Beadle
    The Plaintiff    Johane Ansell
    The Defendant  Riccardo Ianello
    Council for the Plaintiff  Ryan Ross
    Usher    Ashley Mercer
    Foreman of the Jury  Koji Terada
    First Bridesmaid  Jennifer Davis
    Bridesmaid # 1  Susanna Fairbairn
    Bridesmaid # 2  Chloë Morgan
    Bridesmaid # 3  Leila Moreso
    Bridesmaid # 4  Natalie Sinnott
    Gentleman of the Jury # 1 Richard Shaffrey
    Gentleman of the Jury # 2 Stuart Laing
    Gentleman of the Jury # 3 David Howes
    Gentleman of the Jury # 4 Ross McInroy

    The Wandering Scholar 
    Pierre    Peter Davoren
    Father Philippe   TBA
    Louis    Gyula Nagy
    Alison    Chloe Morgan

    Music Director   Adam Burnette
    Stage Director   Conor Hanratty
    Lighting Designer  John Crudden

    Il Tabarro (The Cloak) by Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924)
    Friday, 24 October     
    Monday, 27 October  
    Thursday, 30 October
    Whites Hotel – 15:30
    Tickets €25 – Allocated seating
    Sung in Italian

    Michele  Njabulo Madlala
    Giorgetta  Maria Kozlova
    Luigi   Alex Tsilogiannis
    Tinca   Joseph Oparamanuke
    Talpa   Andrew Tipple
    Il frugola  Kezia Bienek

    Music Director  Andrea Grant
    Stage Director  Dafydd Williams
    Lighting Designer John Crudden

    La Cenerentola (Cinderella) by Gioacchino Rossini (1792–1868)
    Saturday, 25 October 
    Tuesday, 28 October  
    Friday, 31 October     
    Whites Hotel – 15:30
    Tickets €25 – Allocated seating
    Sung in Italian

    Angelina  Kate Allen
    Prince Ramiro  Eamonn Mulhall
    Dandini  Davide Bartolucci
    Don Magnifico  Alessandro Spina
    Alidoro   Nick Morris
    Clorinda  Roisin Walsh
    Tisbe   Kristin Finnigan

    Ensemble Soprano Alice Rose Privett
    Ensemble Mezzo Laura Murphy
    Ensemble Tenor Peter O'Donohue
    Ensemble Baritone Jamie Rock

    Music Director  Carmen Santoro
    Stage Director  Roberto Recchia
    Lighting Designer John Crudden

    Lunchtime Recitals
    St Iberius Church – 13:05
    Friday, 24 October
    Saturday, 25 October
    Monday, 27 October
    Tuesday, 28 October
    Wednesday, 29 October
    Thursday, 30 October
    Friday, 31 October
    Saturday, 1 November
    Tickets €15

    Irish Heritage at Wexford series
    Irish Fantasy: a family affair Concert with Una Hunt and family
    St Iberius Church
    Thursday, 23 October – 13:05

    Jerome Hynes Theatre - Wexford Opera House
    Saturday, 1 November – 11:00
    Tickets €15

    Dr Tom Walsh Lecture
    Jerome Hynes Theatre - Wexford Opera House
    Saturday, 25 October – 11:00
    Tickets €10
    Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell, composer and librettist of Silent Night

    Gala Concert
    Wexford Opera House
    Sunday, 26 October – 21:00
    Tickets from €50-€80

    Joyeux Noël
    Jerome Hynes Theatre - Wexford Opera House
    24, 27, 30 October, 2 November, 2014 – 10:30
    Tickets - Free – but must be booked through the Box Office

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