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Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868)

This performance of Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, considered one of the most remarkable compositions of his career, demonstrated by his use of beautiful, memorable melodies and rhythmic vitality, is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Capturing the glorious acoustics of the National Opera House, Rossini’s magnificent piece will be performed in its original version from the stage with two pianos, harmonium, four soloists and chorus. 

Listen live at RTÉ lyric fm presented by Paul Herriott and watch the live stream at, catch up on RTÉ Player and on RTÉ Player’s exclusive Wexford Festival Opera pop-up channel.

This performance is also being live-streamed by ARTE, the European Culture Channel, as part of their ARTE Opera Season 2020-2021, a digital European opera season offered in partnership with some of the most renowned opera institutions of Europe (available for one year on

The production is, as well, part of the cultural partnership between ARTE and RTÉ established to promote Irish arts and culture across Europe.

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Creative Team

Kenneth Montgomery

Northern Ireland

Previously at WFO: Conductor (L’ajo nell’imbarazzo, 1973; Oberon, 1972; Il re pastore, 1971 ).

Previous Engagements: Conductor (Carmen, Bizet, Irish National Opera; Don Giovanni, Mozart, Orchestra of the 18th Century; St Matthew Passion, Bach, Orchestre de Lyon).

Forthcoming Engagements: Conductor (Symphony 9, Beethoven, Galway Festival; Symphony 5, Beethoven, Royal Conservatory – The Hague; Die Zauberflöte, Mozart, Orchestra of the 18th Century).

First Pianist
Finghin Collins


Previously at WFO: Solo recital at the National Opera House, 2017.

Previous Engagements: Pianist / Artistic Director (Solo Recital, Beethoven, New Ross Piano Festival), Pianist (Solo Recital, Beethoven, Clifden Arts Festival).

Forthcoming Engagements: Pianist (Piano Recital, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire), Pianist (Ros Tapestry Suite world premiere, 15 contemporary Irish composers, Crescent Festival, Wexford), Pianist (Chamber Music concerts at National Concert Hall, Beethoven and Mozart, Irish Baroque Orchestras).

Second Pianist
Carmen Santoro


Previous Engagements: Musical Assistant for Maestro Fabio Luisi (Nabucco, Verdi, Opernhaus Zürich), Assistant Conductor for Maestro Daniele Rustioni (Guillaume Tell, Rossini, Opéra National de Lyon), Artistic Director and Head of Opera Studio (Francesca da Rimini, Mercadante, Belcanto Opera Festival in Japan).

Forthcoming Engagements: Assistant Conductor for Maestro Paolo Carignani (La traviata, Verdi, Grand Théâtre de Genève), Musical Assistant (Anna Bolena, Donizetti, Lithuanian National Opera), Guest Professor (Royal College of Music – London).

Andrew Synnott


Previous Engagements: Composer (La cucina, 2019 Wexford Festival Opera; Dubliners ShortWork, 2017 Wexford Festival Opera).


Claudia Boyle


Previously at WFO: Elena (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze, 2013), Célimène (La Cour de Célimène, 2011).

Previous Engagements: Alice (Alice’s Adventures Underground, Gerald Barry, Royal Opera House), Adina (L’elisir d’amore, Donizetti, Oslo Opera), Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta (The Tales of Hoffman, Offenbach, Irish National Opera).

Forthcoming Engagements: Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Mozart, Minnesota Opera / Irish National Opera).

Tara Erraught
Pietro Adaíni


Previous Engagements: Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti, Arena di Verona), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi, Puccini, Opera Lombardia), Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini, Bolshoi Theatre).

Forthcoming Engagements: Camille (La vedova allegra, Lehár, Teatro Carlo Felice – Genoa), Conte di Libenskof (Il viaggio a Reims, Rossini, Bolshoi Theatre).

John Molloy
The Wexford Factory Ensemble

Kathleen Norchi
Jade Phoenix
Sarah Shine

Anna Brady
Francesca Federico
Sarah Richmond

Andrew Gavin
Conor Prendiville
Vladimir Sima

Rory Dunne
Gianni Giuga
David Howes
Conall O'Neill