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Don Bucefalo

Antonio Cagnoni (1828–1896)

23, 26, 29, October  
01, November  

O'Reilly Theatre

Written in 1847 as a graduation work by Antonio Cagnoni (1828–1896), a student at the Milan Conservatory, Don Bucefalo was an immediate success. It was performed in several opera houses in Italy and abroad, winning critical and popular acclaim wherever it was staged. Its most obvious predecessor is Donizetti’s 1843 comic masterpiece Don Pasquale. Cagnoni had written two operas before Don Bucefalo and was to write a further seventeen, stylistically moving from the tradition of Rossini and Donizetti towards Leoncavallo and verismo. But his later works failed to recapture the ease and fluency of Don Bucefalo.

Don Bucefalo introduces himself as a singing teacher, extolling the rewards of working in the theatre: travel, love, wealth and luxuries. Rosa takes him up on his offer of singing lessons as a means of bettering herself socially, and Don Bucefalo and Don Marco compose an opera and prepare for its performance. But before the (inevitable) happy ending comes rivalry between singers, marital jealousy, the return of a long-lost husband and the difficulties of putting on a new opera.

Proudly presented in association with Italian Institute of Culture – Dublin.

Sung in Italian.

Tickets from €25.

  • Filippo Fontana

    Don Bucefalo

    Biography

    Filippo Fontana

    Don Bucefalo

    Bass, Italy

    Previously at WFO: Beaupertuis (Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze, 2013).

    Previous Engagements: Batone (L’inganno felice, Rossini, Gran Teatro La Fenice, Venice); Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini, Maggio Musicale); Taddeo (L’Italiana in Algeri, Rossini, Teatro Filarmonico, Verona).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini, Opera Oviedo, Spain).

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  • Marie-Ève Munger

    Rosa

    Biography

    Marie-Ève Munger

    Rosa

    Soprano, Canada

    Previous Engagements: Vierte Magd (Elektra, R. Strauss, Teatro alla Scala); Lakmé (Lakmé, L. Delibes, Opéra-Théâtre de St‑Étienne); Ophélie (Hamlet, A. Thomas, Minnesota Opera).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Isabelle (Le Pré aux Clercs, F. Hérold, Opéra-Comique, Paris); Feu-Princesse-Rossignol (L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, M. Ravel, Chicago Symphony Orchestra); Madame White Snake (Naga, Scott Wheeler, Beth Morrison Projects).

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  • Matthew Newlin

    Il Conte di Belprato

    Biography

    Matthew Newlin

    Il Conte di Belprato

    Tenor, U.S.A.

    Previous Engagements: Count Almaviva (The Barber of Seville, Rossini, Deutsche Oper Berlin); Tamino (The Magic Flute, Mozart, Deutsche Oper Berlin); Jiří (The Jacobin, Dvořák, Buxton Opera Festival).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Italian Singer (Der Rosenkavalier, Strauss, Deutsche Oper Berlin); Ferrando (Così fan tutte, Mozart, Stadttheater Klagenfurt); Tenor Soloist (Pulcinella, Stravinsky, San Francisco Symphony).

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  • Jennifer Davis

    Agata

    Biography

    Jennifer Davis

    Agata

    Soprano, Ireland

    Previously at WFO: Adina (L’Elisir d’amore, Donizetti, 2013).

    Previous Engagements: Countess Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart, Lyric Opera Productions); Governess (The Turn of the Screw, Britten, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama); Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia, Britten, Irish Youth Opera).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Soloist (Bernadette Greevy Recital, National Concert Hall, Dublin).

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  • Kezia Bienek

    Gianetta

    Biography

    Kezia Bienek

    Gianetta

    Mezzo-Soprano, United Kingdom

    Previously at WFO: 2013 chorus participation; awarded a bursary from The Opera Awards Foundation, 2013.

    Previous Engagements: Ottavia (cover) (L'incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi, English Touring Opera); Tauride (Arianna in Creta, Handel, London Handel Festival); Concepcion (L'heure Espagnole, Ravel, Royal College of Music International Opera School).

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  • Davide Bartolucci

    Don Marco

    Biography

    Davide Bartolucci

    Don Marco

    Baritone, Italy

    Previous Engagements: Dottor Malatesta (Don Pasquale, Donizetti, Teatro comunale Bologna); Guglielmo (Così fan tutte, Mozart, Opera de Tenerife); Uberto (Serva padrona, Pergolesi, Teatro comunale di Firenze).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Masetto (Don Giovanni, Mozart, Pamplona).

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  • Peter Davoren

    Carlino

    Biography

    Peter Davoren

    Carlino

    Tenor, United Kingdom

    Previously at WFO: Ramon (La Navarraise, 2013).

    Previous Engagements: Ferrando (Così fan tutte, Mozart, Opera Lyrica); Poisson (Adriana Lecouvreur, Cilèa, Opera Holland Park); Tito (La Clemenza di Tito, Mozart, Teatru Manoel, Valletta Malta).

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  • Sergio Alapont

    Conductor

    Biography

    Sergio Alapont Team

    Conductor

    Spain

    Previously at WFO: Conductor (Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze, Rota, 2013).

    Previous Engagements: Conductor (Gianni Schicchi, Puccini, Festival Orizzonti); Conductor (Poliuto, Donizetti, Teatro Sao Carlos, Lisbon); Conductor (Don Giovanni, Mozart, Opera of Tenerife).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Conductor (Attila, Verdi, Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania); Conductor (Don Pasquale, Donizetti, Opera of Gran Canaria); Conductor (Concert with soprano Ainhoa Arteta, Falla-Albeniz, Palau de la Música de Valencia).

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  • Kevin Newbury

    Stage Director

    Biography

    Kevin Newbury Team

    Stage Director

    U.S.A.

    Previously at WFO: Director (Virginia, Mercadante, 2010).

    Previous Engagements: Director (Euryanthe, Weber, Bard Summerscape); Director (Doubt (world premiere), Cuomo, Minnesota Opera); Director (Oscar (world premiere), Morrison, Santa Fe Opera).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Director (The Manchurian Candidate (world premiere), Putts, Minnesota Opera); Director (Anna Bolena, Donizetti, Lyric Opera of Chicago); Director (Bel Canto (world premiere), Lopez, Lyric Opera of Chicago).

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  • Dafydd Williams

    Assistant Director

    Biography

    Dafydd Williams Team

    Assistant Director

    Wales

    Previous Engagements: Director (Acis and Galatea and Dido and Aeneas, Handel and Purcell, Opera'r Ddraig); Director (The Magic Flute, Mozart, Opera Mint); Staff Director (King Priam, Tippet; Paul Bunyan, Britten; The Magic Flute, Mozart; English Touring Opera).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Staff Director (La Bohème, The Siege of Calais, The Wild Man of the West Indies, Puccini, Donizetti, English Touring Opera); Director (Postgraduate Vocal Studies Opera Scenes, Guildhall School of Music and Drama).

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  • Victoria (Vita) Tzykun

    Set Designer

    Biography

    Victoria (Vita) Tzykun Team

    Set Designer

    Ukraine (USSR)

    Previous Engagements: Set Designer (Euryanthe, Carl Maria von Weber, Bard SummerScape, NY); Set & Costume Designer (Salomé, Richard Strauss, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia); Costume Designer (Rigoletto, Giuseppe Verdi, Boston Lyric Opera).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Costume Designer (Semele, George Frideric Handel, Seattle Opera); Set Designer (R.U.R (world premiere), Jan Jirásek, State Opera, Prague); Set Designer (MASS, Leonard Bernstein, The Philadelphia Orchestra).

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  • Jessica Jahn

    Costume Designer

    Biography

    Jessica Jahn Team

    Costume Designer

    U.S.A.

    Previous Engagements: Costume Designer (Norma, Bellini, San Francisco Opera); Costume Designer (Carousel, Rogers and Hammerstein, Glimmerglass Festival); Costume Designer (Moses in Egypt, Rossini, New York City Opera).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Costume Designer (Anna Bolena, Donizetti, Lyric Opera of Chicago); Costume Designer (Norma, Bellini, Opera de Liceu); Costume Designer (Manchurian Candidate, Campbell/Puts, Minnesota Opera).

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  • DM Wood

    Lighting Designer

    Biography

    DM Wood Team

    Lighting Designer

    Canada

    Previous Engagements: Lighting Designer (Norma, Bellini, San Francisco Opera); Lighting Designer (La Favorite, Donizetti, Oper Graz); Lighting Designer (The Importance of Being Earnest, Barry, Northern Ireland Opera).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Lighting Designer (Anna Bolena, Donizetti, Lyric Opera of Chicago); Lighting Designer (Norma, Bellini, Gran Teatre Del Liceu); Lighting Designer (Don Giovanni, Mozart, Bergen Nasjonale Opera).

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  • Paula O' Reilly

    Choreographer

    Biography

    Paula O' Reilly Team

    Choreographer

    Ireland

    Previously at WFO: Choreographer (Cristina, regina di Svezia, 2013); Choreographer (A Village Romeo and Juliet, Le Roi Malgré Lui, The Magic Flute, 2012); Choreographer (La Cour de Célimène, 2011); Dancer (Snegourochka, 2008).

    Previous Engagements: Choreographer (!TUSK!, The BEAT Carnival); Choreographer and Assistant Director (Orfeo ed Euridice, Gluck, Buxton Opera Festival); Associate Director (This Moment, Dougie Blaxland, PintSized Productions).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Movement Director (Damage, Patrick J O’Reilly, OutBurst Festival); Performer & Deviser (The Dutiful Wife, Eileen McClory, Offtherails Dance Company).

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