Dublin Recital Updates

Full Details announced for Dublin Recital at National Concert Hall

We are delighted to announce that Mariangela Sicilia and Annunziata Vestri will be performing at the Dublin Recital in the National Concert Hall on Tuesday 11 June. The two ladies who sang the roles of Vivetta and Rosa Mamai in Wexford’s 2012 production of L’Arlesiana will be accompanied by Repetiteur and Director of L’Arlesiana, Rosetta Cucchi.

The recital is being run for the Friends of Wexford Festival Opera in collaboration with the National Concert Hall and promises to be a very special event. To attend RSVP to the National Concert Hall Box Office by phone by phone: +353 (0)1 417 0000 and quote “WFODUB”


Mariangela Sicilia, Soprano

Mariangela Sicilia, born in Cosenza in 1986, studied Piano and Voice at her native town’s Music Conservatory. In 2009, she won the International Ruggero Leoncavallo Competition in Montalto Uffugo as the best soprano voice. After her participation at the International S&G Giacomantonio Competition, she was chosen as Gilda in Rigoletto at the Teatro Rendano in Cosenza (2011/2012 Season).

She attended Scuola dell’Opera Italiana at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (2010) and the Mozart Academy in Aix en Provance (2011). She then specialized with Alfonso Antoniozzi, Gloria Banditelli, Bruno Bartoletti, Roberto de Candia, Carlo Colombara, Tiziana Fabbricini, Nicolau Figueiredo, Stefano Giannini, William Matteuzzi, Leo Muscato, Emmanuel Olivier, Eythan Pessen, Luciana Serra, Darina Takova and Giulio Zappa. She also studied with Susanna Eken, Leone Magiera, Fernando Cordeiro Opa and Carmela Remigio.

Ms. Sicilia made her debut in 2009 as Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, touring numerous Italian venues: theaters of the Circuito Lirico Lombardo; Teatro Arcimboldi in Milan; Teatro Ariosto in Reggio Emilia; Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna; Teatro Fraschini in Pavia; Teatro Verdi in Trieste; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Teatro Pavarotti in Modena; Teatro Sistina in Rome; and Teatro Sociale in Rovigo. In 2010, she was Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, production directed by Mariano Bauduin for the 300th anniversary of the composer’s birth. She then performed Serpina again and Livietta in Livietta e Tracollo at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. She also performed in numerous concerts under the baton of Leone Magiera, and sang Dinamismi with Valentina Ferrari at the Teatro Sociale di Como. She is also interested in the contemporary repertoire, that she has been performing since she was 19: she recently sang a monographic concert on Davide Remigio and V. Palermo’s I canti delle pietre.

She recently performed as Musetta in La Bohème in Lucca, Pisa and Ravenna; Nino Rota’s Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze at the theaters of the Circuito Lirico Lombardo; Arsenia in Jommelli’s Don Trastullo at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples; Massenet's Cléopâtre (Charmionand) at the Salzburg Festival; Il Viaggio a Reims at the Opera Studio at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro; and L'Arlesiana at the Wexford Festival Opera.

Future plans include L'Elisir d'Amore at the Glyndebourne Toring Opera, in Monte Carlo and Madrid; L'Arlesiana at the Festival Pergolesi Spontini in Jesi; active also on the concert side, Mariangela Sicilia

will perform in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater in Ravenna and Tel Aviv live broadcast by the National Italian Television (Rai tre) and a concert in honor of Giuseppe Verdi in Lugo.


Annunziata Vestri, Mezzo-Soprano

Annunziata Vestri, born in Ortona (Italy), started her musical education at a young age studying Piano and graduated in Voice at the "Luisa D'Annunzio" Music Conservatory in Pescara in 2000. She successfully participated in several international competitions: Spoleto, "G. Ghedini" and "Battistini" in 2003; "Lauri Volpi" in 2004; "Maria Caniglia" in Sulmona in 2008; "Rosetum" in Milan in 2009. She specialized with Renato Bruson, Luciana Serra, Regina Resnik, Renata Scotto, Daniela Dessì and Mirella Freni.

In 2003, she made her debut as Suzuky in Madama Butterfly in Rieti and as Sacerdotessa in Aida under the baton of Donato Renzetti. She was Suzuky again in 2004 at the Coliseo Theater in Oporto, where she returned to perform in Die Zauberflöte (Dritte Dame) and Carmen (Mercedes). Important debuts followed: the title role in L'Italiana in Algeri in Spoleto (2004); Quickly in Falstaff (2006); Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Como (2007).

Her prestigious collaborations include: Manon Lescaut (Musico) at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome; Madama Butterfly and La Rondine (Suzy) at the Festival in Torre del Lago; La Cenerentola (Tisbe) on tour with the Spoleto Theater in Japan; Gianni Schicchi (Zita) under the baton of Gianluigi Gelmetti in Siena; Medea (Neris) at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Carmen in Cremona; Madama Butterfly at the 2009 Sferisterio Opera Festival in Macerata; Tancredi (Isaura) at the Teatro Regio in Turin; Falstaff (Meg Page) in Montecarlo; Faust, La Forza del Destino and I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata in Macerata; and Rigoletto (Maddalena) in Novara, Lucca, Bergamo and Sassari.

She made her role debut as Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino under the baton of Gianluigi Gelmetti for the opening night of the 2011/12 season at the Teatro Regio in Parma. She also performed Risorgimento! at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna; Rossini's Stabat Mater in Sanremo (Italy); Les Vêpres Siciliennes in Naples under Gianluigi Gelmetti; Il Viaggio a Reims in Florence; Rigoletto in Pisa; Madama Butterfly in Bergamo, Novara and Mantua; Francesca da Rimini in Montecarlo; Mozart's Requiem in Sulmona; Suzuki in Madama Butterfly at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago. She performed as Tisbe in La Cenerentola for the Opera movie directed by Carlo Verdone, conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti and producted by Rada Film. She recently performed Irene in Donizetti's Belisario at the Bergamo Musica Festival, Rosa Mamai in L'Arlesiana at the Wexford Festival Opera, Maddalena in Rigoletto and Dvorak's Stabat Mater in Genoa, and Annio in La Clemenza di Tito at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste

Her future plans include Rigoletto at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and Savona; Il Trovatore at the Schenkenberg Summer Festival; L'Arlesiana at the Teatro Pergolesi Spontini in Jesi; La Traviata and Puccini's Il Trittico at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari; Falstaff (Meg) in Marseille.


Rosetta Cucchi, Repetiteur

Rosetta Cucchi’s career began as a prize-winning pianist. She quickly developed a parallel career as a director and is known both as an inventive producer and as a pianist. She has established herself as one of the most innovative Italian opera directors of her generation. In 2004 at Wexford she received acclaim for her direction of Prinzessin Brambilla (Braunfels), and again in 2008, where her

direction of Pedrotti’s Tutti in Maschera was praised for its buoyancy and charm, and its artful staging.

Rosetta directed L’Arlesiana in 2012 for Wexford Festival Opera and left many eagerly anticipating her return in 2013. David Mellor of the Daily Mail stated that “I left the theatre thinking, why can’t L’Arlesiana be put on every week?” Rosetta has just finished directing Idomeno in Lubeck.