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Salomé

Antoine Mariotte (1875–1944)

22, 25, 28, 31, October  

O'Reilly Theatre

Composed by the French sailor-turned-composer Antoine Mariotte (1875–1944), Salomé is based on Oscar Wilde’s 1891 play of the same name. Mariotte followed closely Wilde’s French text, portraying the emotional extremes, passions and secret terrors of Hérod, Tetrarch of Judea, his second wife Hérodias (who was also his sister-in-law as well as his niece), and Salomé who was both Hérod’s great-niece and his stepdaughter.

At the heart of it all is Iokanaan, John the Baptist, imprisoned for telling Hérod disturbing truths about his immoral conduct. Salomé, who lives for passion and excitement, desires Iokanaan but he rebuffs her. The inevitable tragedies follow, set in motion by Hérod’s drunken oaths and Salomé’s perverse desires.

Mariotte entered naval school at fifteen but longed to study music at the Paris Conservatoire. He read Wilde’s play while serving in the Far East and decided to set it to music, completing it some years later when he had finally attained his musical education and was professor of piano at Lyon Conservatoire. Despite a notorious dispute with Richard Strauss’s publisher, Mariotte succeeded in staging Salomé in Lyon in 1908. His dramatic music is impassioned and intense, its subtle harmonies revealing the influence of Debussy.

Presented with the support of the Bravura Friends of Wexford Festival Opera.

Sung in French.

Tickets from €25.

  • Na'ama Goldman

    Salomé

    Biography

    Na'ama Goldman

    Salomé

    Born in Israel, she is a graduate of the Opera Studio at The Israeli Opera. There she performed many roles in both main stage and studio productions, and gained a vast repertoire and stage experience. At the Israeli Opera Festival in Masada 2012, she was called to replace the role of Carmen on only a few hours notice, conducted by Daniel Oren, to great audience and critical acclaim. Her latest European debuts include the role of Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte at Opera de Tenerife, Marchesa Melibea in the Accademia Rossiniana production of Il Viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro, the role of Mete in the world premiere of Vom Ende der Unschuld in Hamburg and Haydn's cantata Arianna a Naxos at the Wiener Konzerthaus.

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  • Nora Sourouzian

    Hérodias

    Biography

    Nora Sourouzian

    Hérodias

    French-Canadian Nora Sourouzian has performed all over Europe, Canada and Japan. She studied at McGill University, Montreal and was a member of the Young Artists’ Programme of the Internationaal Opera Centrum Nederland in Amsterdam. She studied in Kassel and was a member of the ensemble at Staatstheater Kassel, performing in Idomeneo, I Capuleti ed I Montecchi, Der Rosenkavalier and Die Zauberflöte.

    She won major competitions in Canada and was a finalist of the Hans Gabor Belvedere Wettbewerb in Vienna. As result she was invited by the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg to sing the roles of Comtesse de Coigny and Madelon (Andrea Chenier). Closely associated with the title role of Carmen, which she has performed many times, her repertoire includes roles in Pénélope, La Damnation de Faust, Phaedra, Jackie O, Giulio Cesare, Ariadne auf Naxos, The Rape of Lucretia, Così fan tutte and Le Nozze di Figaro.

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  • Scott Wilde

    Hérod

    Biography

    Scott Wilde

    Hérod

    Scott Wilde’s current and future engagements include SARASTRO (Die Zauberflöte) Welsh National Opera, BONZE (Madama Butterfly) Opéra National de Paris, ERSTER HANDWERKSBURSCHE (Wozzeck) Teatro Real Madrid and Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, MONTERONE (Rigoletto) Opera National du Rhin, Strasbourg and COMMENDATORE (Don Giovanni) Opéra de Toulon.

    Recent engagements include DALAND (Der fliegende) Holländer Scottish Opera, ROCCO (Fidelio) Teatro Lirico de Cagliari, TRULOVE (The Rake’s Progress) Staatsoper Berlin, FIRST SOLDIER (Salome) Royal Opera House Covent Garden, HERMIT (Der Freischütz) Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Étienne, JASON (Medea) (Liebermann, world premiere) Stadttheater Bern, MARKE (Tristan und Isolde) and ROCCO (Fidelio) Opéra de Tours, MAYOR (Jenufa), PFLEGER (Elektra) and HANS FOLTZ Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, KUNO (Der Freischütz), HEROD in Mariotte’s (Salome) and Perela L’Opéra de Montpellier, DON ESTOBAN Der Zwerg Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, DER EINARMIGE and POLICE INSPECTOR (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) Teatro Real Madrid and REINMAR (Tannhäuser) Grand Théâtre de Genève.

    Scott Wilde has a long association with the Opéra National de Paris, where his many roles included TRULOVE (The Rake’s Progress), TIERBÄNDIGER/ATHLET (Lulu), ERSTER HANDWERKSBURSCHE (Wozzeck), RATCLIFFE (Billy Budd), BONZO (Madama Butterfly), LE VALLET, ALLORO and LE PRESIDENT DU TRIBUNAL in the world premiere of Perela, L’uomo di fumo (Dusapin), DER EINARMIGE Die Frau Ohne Schatten, ZWEITER SOLDAT (Salome), HANS SCHWARZ (Meistersinger), TOM (Un Ballo in Maschera) and HAGEN (cover) (Götterdämmerung).

    His European debut was at Dublin Grand Opera as COMMENDATORE (Don Giovanni) followed by SARASTRO (Die Zauberflöte) El Teatro Principal de Palma de Mallorca. He was a member of the Semperoper Dresden where roles included SARASTRO (Die Zauberflöte), COMMENDATORE, HERMIT Der Freischütz, DER HOLSTEINER (Friedenstag), TRUFFALDINO (Ariadne auf Naxos) and IL RE (Aida). 

    Scott Wilde studied at the Juilliard School, NY. Early engagements took him to opera houses including San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Washington Opera, Baltimore Opera and Opera Theater of St Louis. He returned to San Francisco Opera as SPRECHER, ABIMELECH (Samson et Dalila) and HANS FOLTZ (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg).

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  • Igor Golovatenko

    Iokanaan

    Biography

    Igor Golovatenko

    Iokanaan

    Vocal awards include St Petersburg ‘Three Centuries of Classical Romance’ international competition and second prize in the Competizione dell’Opera in Dresden. Since his debut in the 2006 Russian premiere of Delius’ Eine Messe des Lebens with the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Igor has rapidly made a name for himself on the concert and operatic stage. 

    He has been a guest soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow since 2010 and at Novaya Opera since 2007. His performances include L’Elisir d’amore, La Traviata, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Capriccio, Iolanta and the title role of Eugene Onegin. Last season he made his debut at the Opéra National de Paris in Philippe Fénelon’s La Cerisaie. His concert performances include The Bells, Peer Gynt, La Traviata and Eugene Onegin. Highlights of the 2012/13 season include Un ballo in maschera (Rovigo and Savona), Il Corsaro (Trieste), Rigoletto (Savona) and Il Trovatore and Aida (Moscow).

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  • Eamonn Mulhall

    Le Jeune Syrien

    Biography

    Eamonn Mulhall

    Le Jeune Syrien

    Irish tenor Eamonn Mulhall studied Music and French Literature in Dublin before continuing his studies at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio in London. His youthful presence and bright, agile voice place him ideally for Mozart, Händel, Donizetti and Rossini lyric tenor roles. He is also a highly accomplished baroque and classical oratorio soloist. Eamonn’s operatic engagements include Prince Safir in Offenbach’s Barbe bleu (Grange Park), Jacquino in Fidelio and Soldier in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Opera Theatre Company) as well as Ferrando in Così fan tutte and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (co-productions Opera Ireland / DIT College of Music), Massimo in Ezio (London Händel Festival), Aumônier in Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des carmélites (RCM) and understudying Bajazat in Händel’s Tamerlano (Scottish Opera), Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (ENO) and Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Welsh National Opera).

    In May 2011 Eamonn Mulhall debuted at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in the world première of James MacMillan’s Clemency, directed by Katie Mitchell.

    Projects of the 2011-2012 season included a recording of Victor Herbert's operetta Eileen and concerts in Liverpool with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and at National Concert Hall in Dublin. 

    Among his engagements in 2012-2013 were his debut at Scottish Opera with Clemency, a Christmas concert, St. John's Passion and The Creation in Dublin. He also recorded Jerome Kern's operetta Roberta for Chapter Productions.

    Performances of the 2013/2014 season include the title role in Ľubica Čekovská's new opera Dorian Gray in Bratislava, the world premiere of Metcalf’s Under Milk Wood in Cardiff, Damon in Händel's Acis and Galatea with Mid Wales Opera and Jacob Schmidt in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny in Dublin.

    2014/15 he will make his debut at the Wexford Festival in Mariotte's Salomé and as Ramiro in La Cenerentola. He will also return to Bratislava as Dorian Gray, a role he will also sing for his debut in Prague in 2015.

    A frequent soloist in concert, Eamonn has sung with many of the country's eminent choral societies. Highlights include Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall and concerts with the Irish Baroque Orchestra.  His repertoire spans from Bach’s Matthäus-Passion, through Mendelssohn’s Elijah to Britten’s St. Nicholas.

    A committed recitalist, Eamonn has given song recitals in Wexford; St Martin-in-the-Fields, London; Scotland and Belgium. He has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and RTÉ Lyric fm.

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  • David Angus

    Conductor

    Biography

    David Angus Team

    Conductor

    David Angus was brought up in Belfast and was a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge. His affinity with the music of Benjamin Britten began when he sang for the composer as a boy at Aldeburgh. He has had a continuing association with Aldeburgh ever since. He was appointed Music Director of Boston Lyric Opera following a very successful period as Music Director of Glimmerglass Opera in the USA.

    He is Honorary Conductor of the Flanders Symphony Orchestra and regularly conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also conducted the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Collegium Brugense, as well as many other orchestras in Europe and Canada, including most of the principal orchestras in the UK. 

    He began his career as a répétiteur at Opera North then became chorus master and staff conductor for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He has worked for the Opéra National de Paris, Canadian Opera Company, Malmö Opera and Icelandic Opera.

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  • Rosetta Cucchi

    Director

    Biography

    Rosetta Cucchi Team

    Director

    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, working with singers in concerts and in opera. 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 at Wexford, where her direction of Pedrotti’s Tutti in Maschera was praised for its buoyancy and charm, and its artful staging. Her productions of Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims and Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd in 2009, and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and La Favorita in 2010 in Lima, Peru and in Italy, have won great praise. Forthcoming productions include La traviata and Così fan tutte (Italy), Cavalleria rusticana (Germany) and Rigoletto (Switzerland). She is the Artistic Director of Fondazione Arturo Toscanini in Parma.

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  • Stefania Panighini

    Assistant Director

    Biography

    Stefania Panighini Team

    Assistant Director

    Stefania Panighini won the Prize Idee per Alfieri (Festival Astiteatro) in 2004 and then began to work as a stage director and assistant with David Alagna, Paul Emil Fourny, Gianni Marras, Francesco Micheli and Rosetta Cucchi.

    Her recent productions include La voix humaine in Bologna, Orlando by Handel with the Theater An der Wien in the Kammeroper (Wien), the remake of La Bohème (Francesco Micheli) at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Don Giovanni in Piedmont and Semiramide in Villa at Paisiello Festival. Future plans include Hansel and Gretel in Tenerife, Cenerentola in Piedmont and Italiana in Algeri at Lucca Opera Festival. She is professor of Performing Arts at different state conservatories and writes essays in musicology, including a study of Pelléas et Melisande for the Opera Comique (Paris). She also makes videoclips and documentaries.

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  • Tiziano Santi

    Set Designer

    Biography

    Tiziano Santi Team

    Set Designer

    Tiziano Santi trained in set design and related studies in his native Italy. He graduated from Bologna´s Academy of Fine Arts and continued his studies on courses run by La Scala in Milan. From 1984 he was head of the staging department of Parma’s Teatro Regio. He has worked extensively in theatres and opera houses in Italy and abroad, frequently collaborating with his teacher, Ettore Rondelli, and with internationally famous directors. His continual artistic evolution and research into new ways of scenic expression and representation have led him to develop an interest in other design areas, including theme parks and film production. His set designs for concerts and operas throughout Europe have been highly praised. His work on Così fan tutte and Il Trittico in St Petersburg received distinguished design awards, as did his designs for five productions by director Luca Ronconi, which were commissioned by the Mayor of Turin for the Winter Olympics.

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  • Claudia Pernigotti

    Costume Designer

    Biography

    Claudia Pernigotti Team

    Costume Designer

    Stefania Panighini won the Prize Idee per Alfieri (Festival Astiteatro) in 2004 and then began to work as a stage director and assistant with David Alagna, Paul Emil Fourny, Gianni Marras, Francesco Micheli and Rosetta Cucchi.

    Her recent productions include La voix humaine in Bologna, Orlando by Handel with the Theater An der Wien in the Kammeroper (Wien), the remake of La Bohème (Francesco Micheli) at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Don Giovanni in Piedmont and Semiramide in Villa at Paisiello Festival. Future plans include Hansel and Gretel in Tenerife, Cenerentola in Piedmont and Italiana in Algeri at Lucca Opera Festival. She is professor of Performing Arts at different state conservatories and writes essays in musicology, including a study of Pelléas et Melisande for the Opera Comique (Paris). She also makes videoclips and documentaries.

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  • DM Wood

    Lighting Designer

    Biography

    DM Wood Team

    Lighting Designer

    Recent designs include: Norma (San Francisco Opera), La Favorite (Oper Graz), Candide and the world premiere of L’importance D’être Constant (Opéra National De Lorraine – Nancy, France), The Importance of Being Earnest (Northern Ireland Opera), Il Trittico and the co-design of Anna Nicole (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), L’enfant et les Sortilèges (The Bolshoi), Wild Swans (World Premiere: Young Vic, London), El Chico De Oz (Teatro Municipal – Lima, Peru), Euryanthe and Die Liebe Der Danae (Bard Summerscape), Anna Bolena, Werther, Maria Stuarda, Roberto Devereux, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Il Trovatore (Minnesota Opera), Roberto Devereux (Opéra de Montréal), Die Zauberflöte (Houston Grand Opera), Tosca (Canadian Opera Company) and Tristan Und Isolde (Savonlinna Opera, Finland).

    Ms. Wood’s design for Suor Angelica (part of Il Trittico at The Royal Opera House) won the UK's 2012 Knight of Illumination Opera Award.

    Upcoming designs include: Anna Bolena (Lyric Opera Of Chicago) and Don Giovanni (Bergen Nasjonale Opera).

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