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.

More information:

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