Shakespeare In Love

A collage of the most famous love scenes, arias, duets and quartets from operas related to Shakespeare.

This series of daytime operas, under the title of Pocket Operas / Opera Beag, will be performed in different venues in Wexford town, including the O’Reilly and Jerome Hynes theatres in the National Opera House, as well as Wexford Arts Centre.

Creative Team

Lyaysan Safargulova


Previous Engagements: Director (La Voix humaine, Poulenc, Ufa Opera House; The Magic of Dance ballet performance based on Tchaikovsky’s ballets, Bashkir Opera and Ballet Theatre; Spring Melody concert based on songs from Societ films, Bashkir Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Forthcoming Engagements: Director (I Pagliacci, Leoncavallo, Bashkir Opera and Ballet Theatre; Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky, Bashkir Opera and Ballet Theatre; Concert for Women based on arias from different operettas, Bashkir Opera and Ballet Theatre).

Jessica Traynor


Previous Engagements: Librettist (Paper Boat, Elaine Agnew, Music for Galway and Irish National Opera), Poet/Lyricist (An Island Sings, Elaine Agnew, Association of Irish Choirs, Chamber Choir Ireland and Poetry Ireland).

Stage & Costume Designer
Luca dal Bosco


Previously at WFO: Set and Costume Designer (Cendrillon, L’inganno felice ShortWorks, 2019), Set Designer Assistant (Il bravo, 2018) Set and Costume Designer (La scala di seta, Rigoletto ShortWorks, 2017).

Previous Engagements: Set Designer Assistant (Pelléas et Mélisande, Debussy, Teatro Regio di Parma; Memorie di Adriano, Marguerite Yourcenar, Teatro della Pergola di Firenze), Assistant Set Designer (The Magic Flute, Mozart, Glyndebourne Festival).

Forthcoming Engagements: Assistant Set Designer (Die Fledermaus, Strauss, Hamburg Opera; La cenerentola, Rossini, Latvian Opera; Signor Bruschino, Rossini, Rossini Opera Festival).


Giuletta/Cleopatra – Cast A
Paola Leoci

Soprano, Italy

Previous Engagements: Oscar (Un ballo in maschera, Verdi, Teatro Petruzzelli), La Contessa di Folleville (Il viaggio a Reims, Rossini, Rossini Academy/Rossini Opera Festival), Papagena (Il flauto magico, Mozart, Macerata Opera Festival).

Helena/Cressida – Cast A
Roisin Walsh

Soprano, Ireland

Previous Engagements: The Page (Rigoletto, Verdi, Glyndebourne Tour 2019), Siren 1 cover (Rinaldo, Handel, Glyndebourne Tour 2019), First Lady (The Magic Flute, Mozart, Waterperry Opera Festival).


Romeo/Salce – Cast A
Leila Zanette

Mezzo-soprano, Kenya

Previous Engagements: Chorus (Nixon in China, Adams, Scottish Opera), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi, Puccini, Lunchbreak Opera), Second Bridesmaid (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart, The Grange Festival).

Forthcoming Engagements: Irene (Tamerlano, Handel, Cambridge Handel Opera Company).

Romeo/Lysander – Cast A
Richard Shaffrey
Achilla/Demetrius – Cast A
Jevan McAuley
Giuletta/Cleopatra – Cast B
Julia Smith

Soprano, UK

Previous Engagements: Barbarina cover (The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart, Opera North), Soeur Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites, Poulenc, RNCM Opera), Gianetta (The Gondoliers, Gilbert and Sullivan, National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company).

Forthcoming Engagements: Mary Crawford (Mansfield Park, Dove, RNCM Opera), Fredrika (A Little Night Music, Sondheim, Buxton Opera Festival), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas, Purcell, Waterperry Opera Festival).

Helena/Cressida – Cast B
Fiona Finsbury
Romeo/Salce – Cast B
Kasia Balejko
Romeo/Lysander – Cast B
Florian Panzieri

Tenor, France

Previous Engagements: Marzio (Mitridate, re di Ponto, Mozart, Garsington Opera), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni, Mozart, Merry Opera), Berthold (Scoring a Century, Blake and Warner, British Youth Opera).

Achilla/Demetrius – Cast B
Dominic Bowe

Baritone, UK

Previous Engagements: Schaunard (La bohème, Puccini, Oxford Opera), Young Artist/Servant/Olivier cover (Capriccio, Strauss, Garsington Opera), Suibhne (Mad King Suibhne, Noah Mosley, Bury Court Opera).