Dorilla in Tempe

Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)

The fairytale-like story takes place in the valley of Tempe in Greece. The opera tells of the obstacles to the blissful union of Dorilla (a princess) and Elmiro (a shepherd), whose rival Nomio turns out to be the disguised god Apollo. 

First perfromed in 1726 in Venice Vivaldi’s affection for Dorilla might be explained by its own, sheer success. He revisited and revised it a number of times and the work returned to Venice for the carnival season of 1734. The only surviving score (preserved in the Vivaldi archives in Turin) dates from this revival. The score also shows Vivaldi quoting himself, notably in the opening chorus, which reworks part of Spring from his celebrated Four Seasons (published shortly before the original 1726 production). But it is fitting how ‘Dell’aura al sussurrar’ heralds the arrival of spring since one of the themes of the opera is pastoral. Vivaldi labelled the work, unusually, as a melodramma eroico-pastorale – balancing the pastoral elements, the heroic is represented especially by the hunt that brings Act 2 to a close, complete with the requisite yet still exciting horn accompaniment – and the work’s hybrid nature extends to end-of-act ballets similar to the divertissements in French Baroque opera.

Directed by Fabio Ceresa - Winner of the 2016 International Opera Award for Best Young Director. This will be Fabio's third time directing at Wexford Festival Opera. In 2015 he directed the critically acclaimed Guglielmo Ratcliff (Nominated Best Opera production at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards) and in 2016 he directed Maria de Rudenz

Libretto by Antonio Maria Lucchini. Sung in Italian with English surtitles

"Behind a Georgian terrace in a small fishing town in Ireland something extraordinary happens every October."

-The Times

Creative Team

Conductor
Andrea Marchiol

Italy

Previous Engagements: Conductor (Orfeo ed Euridice, Gluck, Palau de la musica – Catalana; L'incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi, Staatsoper Berlin; Cecilia Bartoli Gala, Bad Kissingen Festival).

Director
Fabio Ceresa

Italy

Previously at WFO: Director (Maria de Rudenz, 2016; Guglielmo Ratcliff, 2015).

Previous Engagements: Director (Francesca da Rimini, Mercadante, Belcanto Opera Festival – Tokyo; Madama Butterfly, Puccini, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; La traviata, Verdi, Palm Beach Opera – Florida).

Forthcoming Engagements: Director (Un ballo in maschera, Verdi, Opera de Oviedo; Bluebeard’s Castle, Bartók, Teatro la Fenice; Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Handel, Theater St. Gallen).

Set Designer
Massimo Checchetto

Italy

Previous engagements: Set Designer (Dorilla in Tempe, Vivaldi, Teatro La Fenice Venezia; L'italiana in Algeri, Rossini, Teatro La Fenice; Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo, Kiel Opera House.

Forthcoming engagements: Set Designer (Luci mie traditrici, Salvatore Sciarrino, Teatro La Fenice; Fernando Cortez, Spontini, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Giulio Cesare, Handel, Theater St. Gallen).

Costume Designer
Giuseppe Palella

Italy

Previously at WFO: Costume Designer (Maria de Rudenz, 2017; Guglielmo Ratcliff, 2016).

Previous Engagements: Costume Designer (Francesca da Rimini, Mercadante, Belcanto Opera Festival – Japan; Pagliacci/Cavalleria Rusticana, Leoncavallo/Mascagni, Theater Kiel; Giulietta e Romeo, Nicola Vaccaj, Festival Valle d'Itria).

Forthcoming Engagements: Costume Designer (A Hand of Bridge/Il Castello del Principe Barbablù, Samuel Barber/Bartók, Gran Teatro la Fenice; Giulio Cesare, Handel, Theater St Gallen; Turandot, Puccini, Oper in Steinbruch).

Lighting Designer
Simon Corder

United Kingdom

Previously at WFO: Lighting Designer, 2012.

Previous Engagements: Set and Lighting Designer (Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti, Opera Hedeland; La Cenerentola, Rossini, Greek National Opera & Teatro Verdi – Trieste), Lighting Designer (Pique Dame, Tchaikovsky, Teatro alla Scala).

Forthcoming Engagements: Set & Lighting Designer (Un ballo in maschera, Verdi, Oldenburgisches Staatstheater), Lighting Designer (La clemenza di Tito, Mozart, Bergen National Opera; The Life & Death of Alexander Litvinenko, Anthony Bolton, Grange Park Opera).

Assistant Director/Choreographer
Mattia Agatiello

Italy

Previously at WFO: Choreographer (Guglielmo Ratcliff, 2015).

Previous Engagements: Choreographer (Francesca da Rimini, Mercadante, Belcanto Opera Festival – Tokyo; Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo, Theater Kiel; Un ballo in maschera, Verdi, Hungarian State Opera).

Forthcoming Engagements: Choreographer (Bluebeard’s Castle, Bartók, Teatro La Fenice; Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Handel, Theather St. Gallen; Madama Butterfly, Puccini, Angers Nantes Opéra).

Chorusmaster
Errol Girdlestone

United Kingdom

Previous Engagements: Conductor (Messiah, Handel, Association Musique de Chambre – Monaco; Vespers 1610, Monteverdi, Association Musique de Chambre – Monaco, Concerti Grossi/Dixit Dominus, Corelli/Handel, Ristretto).

Forthcoming Engagements: Conductor (Strathclyde Motets/Magnificat Antiphons, James MacMillan/Arvo Pärt, Summer Academy, Lumière; Messiah, Handel, St. Paul's Church – Monaco, Nelson Mass, Haydn, Ristretto).

Répétiteur
Tina Chang

Taiwan

Previously at WFO: Répétiteur (L’oracolo/Mala vita, 2018; Margherita, 2017); Music Director (Bernstein à la carte ShortWork, 2018; La scala di seta ShortWork, 2017).

Previous Engagements: Pianist & Coach (A Midsummer Night’s Dream/La tragédie de Carmen/Company, Britten/Brooks/Sondheim, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival), Pianist (Sanctuary & Storm, Tawnie Olson & Rebecca Barker, re:Naissance Opera), Répétiteur (Faust, Gounod, Vancouver Opera).

Forthcoming Engagements: Répétiteur (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini, Vancouver Opera; Another Brick in the Wall (Julien Bilodeau & Roger Waters, Vancouver Opera).

Cast

Dorilla
Manuela Custer

Italy

Previous Engagements: Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini, Arena di Verona), Dorilla (Dorilla in Tempe, Vivaldi, Teatro La Fenice), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly, Puccini, Teatro La Fenice).

Forthcoming Engagements: Josephine Vanderwater (Lady, Be Good!, George Gershwin, Teatro San Carlo – Naples), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly, Puccini, Teatro Filarmonico – Verona), Sally (A Hand of Bridge, Samuel Barber, Teatro La Fenice).

Admeto
Marco Bussi

Italy

Previous engagements: Belcore (L’elisir d’amore, Donizetti, Teatro del maggio musicale fiorentino), Don Geronio (Il turco in Italia, Rossini, Teatro comunale di Bologna), Soloist (Passio, Gaetano Veneziano, Concertgebouw).

Forthcoming engagements: Beaupertuis (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze, Nino Rota, Teatro comunale di Sassari), Cola (Bastien und Bastienne, Mozart, Clermont-Ferrand).

Nomio/Apollo
Veronique Valdés

Switzerland

Previous Engagements: Nomio (Dorilla in Tempe, Vivaldi, Teatro La Fenice), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia, Britten, Mannes Opera – New York City), The Child (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Ravel, Bare Opera – New York City).

Forthcoming Engagements: Tancredi/Clorinda/Testo (Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Monteverdi, Ensemble Baroque de Joux – Switzerland).

Elmiro
Josè Maria Lo Monaco

Italy

Previous Engagements: Carmen (Carmen, Bizet, Opéra de Lyon/Australian Opera), Cenerentola (La Cenerentola, Rossini, ABAO Opera Bilbao/Opera di Roma/Petruzzelli di Bari/Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Teatro di Piacenza/Opéra de Rennes/Opéra de Toulon), Isolier (Le Comte Ory, Rossini, Teatro alla Scala/Opéra de Liège).

Forthcoming Engagements: Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana, Mascagni, Royal Opera Covent Garden), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart, NCPA Beijing), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini, Teatro La Fenice).



 

Filindo
Rosa Bove

Italy

Previous Engagements: Filindo (Dorilla in Tempe, Vivaldi, Teatro La Fenice,), Mezzo-soprano (Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo, Caldara, Teatru Manoel – Valletta), Zulma (L’Italiana in Algeri, Rossini, Salzburger Festspiele).

Forthcoming Engagements: Lucilla (La scala di seta, Rossini, Teatro La Fenice), Zulma (L’Italiana in Algeri, Rossini, Théâtre des Champs-Elysée), Mezzo-soprano (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart, Kammerakademie Potsdam).


 

Eudamia
Laura Margaret Smith

United Kingdom

Previously at WFO: Tina (Dinner at Eight, 2018), La Gobba (Risurrezione, 2017).

Previous Engagements: Lehrbuben (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Wagner, Bayreuther Festspiele), Olga (Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky, Edinburgh International Festival Opera Project), Angiolina (La Cenerentola, Rossini, Scottish Opera Unwrapped).

Forthcoming Engagements: Soloist (Messiah, Handel, Ristretto Choir & Orchestra), Soloist (Wesendonck Lieder, Wagner, Concert Estonia).

Ninfa
Rebecca Hardwick

United Kingdom

Previous engagements: First Bridesmaid (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart, Royal Opera, Covent Garden); Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos, Strauss, Berlin Opera Academy); Victorian (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Will Todd, Opera Holland Park and Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House).

Forthcoming engagements: Soloist (Am Himmel wandre ich, Stockhausen, Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival); Soloist (Requiem, Verdi, Hampstead Chorus); Soloist (Hymnus Paradisi, Howells, Gloucester Cathedral)

Ninfa
Lizzie Holmes

United Kingdom

Previous engagements: Cunegonde (Candide, Bernstein, Minack Theatre – Cornwall); Dew Fairy (Hänsel und Gretel, Humperdinck, Grange Park Opera); Musetta (La bohème, Puccini, King's Head Theatre at the Trafalgar Studios).

Forthcoming engagements: Soprano Soloist (Johann Strauss Gala, National Concert Hall Dublin); Crush Room Recital (Royal Opera House); Soprano Soloist (Viennese New Year's Eve Gala 2019, Barbican Hall – London).

Pastora
Meriel Cunningham

United Kingdom

Previous engagements: Minerva/Fortune cover (The Return of Ulysses, Monteverdi, Royal Opera at the Roundhouse); Nicklausse/The Muse (The Tales of Hoffmann, Offenbach, Grimeborn Opera Festival); Bobstay the Boatswain (H.M.S. Pinafore, Sullivan, Charles Court Opera).

Pastora
Emma Lewis

United Kingdom

Previous engagements: Flosshilde (Das Rheingold, Wagner, Dramatic Voices Program Berlin); Mother Goose (The Rake’s Progress, Stravinsky, British Youth Opera); Alto soloist (Cantata 36 and Cantata 101, Bach, The Monteverdi Choir).

Forthcoming engagements: Rossweisse (Die Walküre, Wagner, Longborough Festival Opera).