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The Wandering Scholar & Trial by Jury

The Wandering Scholar | Gustav Holst (1874-1934) | Trial By Jury | Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) & W.S. Gilbert (183-1911)

23, 29, October  
01, November  

Whites Hotel

The Wandering Scholar

The Wandering Scholar, the one-act chamber opera which was Holst’s final opera, was written in 1929/30 and first performed in Liverpool shortly before his death. Holst’s lifelong passion for English folk music permeates the witty score. The libretto, by Clifford Bax, is based on one of the tales from The Wandering Scholars by Helen Waddell.

It is set in thirteenth-century France where Louis’ wife Alison prepares to ‘entertain’ her admirer Father Philippe. They are interrupted by the poor wandering scholar Pierre. Alison is sympathetic to Pierre but the priest throws him out. However, Pierre returns with Louis and tells a story that exposes the priest and the lovers' carryings-on.

Trial By Jury

Trial by Jury was commissioned as a short work to be played after an Offenbach comic opera in London in 1875. It was an immediate success and established one of the most famous of all theatrical and musical partnerships: WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Described as a dramatic cantata, Trial by Jury is the only opera by Gilbert and Sullivan that contains no spoken dialogue.

Edwin promised to marry Angelina but has jilted her and is taken to court in a breach of promise case. Trial by Jury is a delightful combination of Sullivan’s tuneful and sparkling music, Gilbert’s clever words and the absurdities that result when judge and jury become emotionally involved in the case.

In 2014, all ShortWork Operas will be performed in Whites Hotel, a 5-minute walk from Wexford Opera House.

Sung in English.

Tickets: €25

The Festival ShortWorks are made possible by the generous support of The Lord Magan of Castletown.

  • Trial by Jury

  • Nicholas Morris

    The Learned Judge

    Biography

    Nicholas Morris

    The Learned Judge

    Baritone, United Kingdom

    Previously at WFO: Un Caporale delle Guardie (Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze, 2013); Andy Tracy (Losers, 2013).

    Previous Engagements: Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni, Mozart, Westminster Opera); Footman/waiter (Der Rosenkavalier, R. Strauss, Glyndebourne Festival Opera); The Officer (In the Penal Colony, Glass, Shadwell Opera).

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  • Johane Ansell

    The Plaintiff

    Biography

    Johane Ansell

    The Plaintiff

    Soprano, Canada

    Previously at WFO: Queen Maria (The Sleeping Queen, 2013)

    Previous Engagements: Marzelline (Fidelio, Beethoven, Dorset Opera); Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart, Saskatoon Opera); Giulietta (The Tales of Hoffmann, Offenbach, Opera Project).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Soloist (Unfinished Remembering, Paul Spicer, Birmingham Bach Choir); Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart, Opera Lyra Ottawa); Soloist (Recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Nationale Reisopera).

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  • Riccardo Ianello

    The Defendant

    Biography

    Riccardo Ianello

    The Defendant

    Tenor, Canada

    Previous Engagements: Alfredo (La Traviata, Verdi, Union Avenue Opera); Tenor Soloist (9th Symphony, Beethoven, Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra); Scaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos, Strauss, Pacific Opera Victoria).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Tenor soloist (Lord Nelson Mass, Haydn, Toronto Sinfonietta).

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  • Ryan Hugh Ross

    Council for the Plaintiff

    Biography

    Ryan Hugh Ross

    Council for the Plaintiff

    Baritone, U.S.A.

    Previously at WFO: Chorus (Thérèse/La Navarraise, Christina, regina di Svezia; Il Capello di paglia di Firenze).

    Previous Engagements: Marcello (La Bohème, Puccini, Int. Barga Bel Canto Opera Festival); Baron Douphol (Cover) (La Traviata, Verdi, Grange Park Opera).

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  • Ashley Mercer

    Usher

    Biography

    Ashley Mercer

    Usher

    Bass-baritone, United Kingdom

    Previously at WFO: Chorus; Dottore / Barone (La Traviata, 2013).

    Previous Engagements: Harašta (The Cunning Little Vixen, Janáček, Co-Opera Co); Jen Jensson (Paul Bunyan, Britten, British Youth Opera); Dr Craven (The Secret Garden, McNeff, The Banff Centre, Canada).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Colline (cover) (La Bohème, Puccini, English Touring Opera); Publio (cover) (La Clemenza di Tito, Mozart, Midsummer Opera).

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  • Koji Terada

    Foreman of the Jury

    Biography

    Koji Terada

    Foreman of the Jury

    Baritone, Japan

    Previously at WFO: Ser Amantio di Nicolao (Gianni Schicchi); Bustamente (La Navarraise).

    Previous Engagements: Figaro Cover (Le nozze di Figaro, W.A. Mozart, Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku opera project XII); Malatesta Cover (Don Pasquale, Donizetti, Glyndebourne).

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  • Jennifer Davis

    First Bridesmaid

    Biography

    Jennifer Davis

    First Bridesmaid

    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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  • Rachel Croash

    Bridesmaid # 1

    Biography

    Rachel Croash

    Bridesmaid # 1

    Soprano, Ireland

    Previously at WFO: Annina (La Traviata, Verdi, 2013).

    Previous Engagements: Frasquita (Carmen, Bizet, John Wilson and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra); Gorm (Flatpack, Tom Lane, Ulysses Opera Theatre Company); Banana 2 (Things We Throw Away, Brian Irvine, Wide Open Opera).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Soprano Solo (Petite Messe Solenelle, Rossini, Culwick Choral Society); Opera Gala Concert (Drogheda International Classical Music Series); Début performance with RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

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  • Chloë Morgan

    Bridesmaid # 2

    Biography

    Chloë Morgan

    Bridesmaid # 2

    Soprano, United Kingdom

    Previously at WFO: Cissy Cassidy (Losers, 2013).

    Previous Engagements: Cover of Madame Mao/Chorus (Nixon in China, John Adams, Wide Open Opera); Papagena (The Magic Flute, Mozart, Lismore Music Festival/Wexford Festival Opera); Sidonie (Armide, Gluck, The Yorke Trust).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Cover Adina (L’Elisir d’amore, Donizetti, Opera Theatre Company).

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  • Leila Moreso

    Bridesmaid # 3

    Biography

    Leila Moreso

    Bridesmaid # 3

    Mezzo-Soprano, Portugal

    Previous Engagements: Dorabella (Così fan tutte, Mozart, Metropolitana Orchestra); Miss Baggott (Little Sweep, Britten, Opera.com); Paquete (Candide, Bernstein, Lisbon Opera House).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Giovanna (Rigoletto, Verdi, North orchestra); Sidónia e Melissa (Armida, Myslivecek, Metropolitana Orchestra).

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  • Natalie Sinnott

    Bridesmaid # 4

    Biography

    Natalie Sinnott

    Bridesmaid # 4

    Mezzo-Soprano, United Kingdom

    Previous Engagements: Young Artist (Orfeo ed Euridice, Gluck, Buxton festival opera); Chorus (Turandot, Puccini, Scottish Opera); Young Artist (Olga & Polina covers) (Eugene Onegin & Pique Dame, Tchaikovsky, Grange Park Opera).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Hansel cover (Hansel und Gretel, Humperdinck, Pimlott Foundation).

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  • Richard Shaffrey

    Gentleman of the Jury # 1

    Biography

    Richard Shaffrey

    Gentleman of the Jury # 1

    Tenor, Ireland

    Previous Engagements: Tamino (Understudy) & Chorus (Magic Flute, W. A. Mozart, Northern Ireland Opera); Mao Tse-Tung (Understudy) & Chorus (Nixon in China, John Adams, Wide Open Opera); Albert Herring (Albert Herring, Benjamin Britten, Royal Irish Academy of Music).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Nemorino (Understudy) & Chorus (L’Elisir d’Amore, Gaetano Donizetti, Opera Theatre Company).

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  • Richard Hansen

    Gentleman of the Jury # 2

    Biography

    Richard Hansen

    Gentleman of the Jury # 2

    Tenor, New Zealand

    Previously at WFO: Chorus (Cristina, regina di Svezia; Thérèse/La Navarraise; Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze, 2013).

    Previous Engagements: Major Duomo (Adriana Lecouvreur, Cilea, Opera Holland Park); Don Basilio/Don Curzio (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart, Young Opera Venture); Chorus (Madama Butterfly, Puccini, Opera Australia – Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Zweiter Priester (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart, Young Opera Venture).

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  • David Howes

    Gentleman of the Jury # 3

    Biography

    David Howes

    Gentleman of the Jury # 3

    Bass-Baritone, Ireland

    Previous Engagements: Quince (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Britten, Yorke Trust, Norfolk); Noye (Noye’s Fludde, Britten, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama); Marchese d’Obigny (La Traviata, Verdi, Lyric Opera, Dublin).

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  • Matthew Wright

    Gentleman of the Jury # 4

    Biography

    Matthew Wright

    Gentleman of the Jury # 4

    Baritone, United Kingdom

    Previous Engagements: Customs Officer & Cover Benoit & Alcindoro; Notary (La Bohème; Don Pasquale, Puccini; Donizetti, Glyndebourne Festival Opera); Tobit (Tobias and the Angel, Jonathan Dove, Buxton Festival Opera); Cover Customs Officer (La Bohème, Puccini, Raymond Gubbay).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Concert Performances (Aida, Verdi, Bergen National Opera).

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  • The Wandering Scholar

  • Peter Davoren

    Pierre

    Biography

    Peter Davoren

    Pierre

    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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  • Gavan Ring

    Father Philippe

    Biography

    Gavan Ring

    Father Philippe

    Baritone, Ireland

    Previously at WFO: Oompa Loompa (The Golden Ticket); Marcello (La Bohème).

    Previous Engagements: Nardo (La Finta Giardiniera, Mozart, Glyndebourne Festival Opera); Schaunard (La Bohème, Puccini, Opera North); Hartmann (Fantasio, Offenbach, Opera Rara).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Baritone Solo (War Requiem, Britten, Ulster Orchestra/RTÉ Concert Orchestra); Manuel (La Vida Breve, De Falla, Opera North); Figaro (The Barber of Seville, Rossini, Opera North).

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  • Jamie Rock

    Louis

    Biography

    Jamie Rock

    Louis

    Baritone, Ireland

    Previously at WFO: Officier Municipal (Thérèse, 2013); Papageno (Die Zauberflöte, 2012); Szlachcic (Maria, 2011); Second Boy (Trio) (Trouble in Tahiti, 2011).

    Previous Engagements: Masetto (Don Giovanni, Mozart, Regents Opera); Filip Burgrave (cover) (Jakobin, Dvořák, Buxton Festival Opera); Schaunard (La Bohème, Puccini, Silent Opera / British Youth Opera / Opera North West).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Schaunard (cover) (La Bohème, Puccini, English Touring Opera); Incognito (cover) (L'Assedio di Calais, Donizetti, English Touring Opera); Soloist (Shackleton's Cat, ETO Education, English Touring Opera).

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  • Chloe Morgan

    Alison

    Biography

    Chloe Morgan

    Alison

    Soprano, United Kingdom

    Previously at WFO: Cissy Cassidy (Losers, 2013).

    Previous Engagements: Cover of Madame Mao/Chorus (Nixon in China, John Adams, Wide Open Opera); Papagena (The Magic Flute, Mozart, Lismore Music Festival/Wexford Festival Opera); Sidonie (Armide, Gluck, The Yorke Trust).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Cover Adina (L’Elisir d’amore, Donizetti, Opera Theatre Company).

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  • Janet Haney

    Music Director

    Biography

    Janet Haney Team

    Music Director

    United Kingdom

    Previously at WFO: Répétiteur (Thérèse and La Navarraise); Music Director (The Sleeping Queen).

    Previous Engagements: Vocal Coach (La Gazzetta, Rossini, Royal College of Music); Répétiteur/Coach (Aida, Verdi, Dorset Opera); Répétiteur (L'assedio di Calais, Donizetti, English Touring Opera).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Répétiteur/Coach (Il Furioso, Donizetti, English Touring Opera); Vocal coach (Opera School and Masters Programme, Royal College of Music); Music Director (Opera Scenes, Singing Academy Reyjkavik).

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  • Conor Hanratty

    Stage Director

    Biography

    Conor Hanratty Team

    Stage Director

    Ireland

    Previously at WFO: Director (Losers, Wargo, 2013); Assistant Director (Cristina, regina di Svezia, 2013).

    Previous Engagements: Director (Harp | A River Cantata, Lane, Ulysses Opera Theatre, Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014); Assistant Director (Madama Butterfly, Puccini, Glimmerglass Festival 2014); Director (Opera Briefs – Saints and Sinners, Carissimi, Dove, O’Connell, RIAM, The Lir, Project Arts Centre).

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  • John Crudden

    Lighting Designer

    Biography

    John Crudden Team

    Lighting Designer

    Ireland

    Previously at WFO: Lighting Designer (La Traviata, 2013).

    Previous Engagements: Lighting Designer (Agememnon, Aeschyhlus, Classic Stage Ireland); Lighting Designer (I ♥ Alice ♥ I, Amy Conroy, Hot for Theatre); Lighting Designer (How These Desperate Men Talk, Enda Walsh, Eat My Noise and Corcadorca).

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