The Dark Side of Shakespeare

A collage of the darker, more obscure and mysterious Shakespearean characters in opera from Otello to Macbeth.

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

Director
Wayne Jordan
Stage & Costume Designer
Luca dal Bosco

Italy

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).

Cast

Lady Macbeth/Poison – Cast A
Sophie Levi

Soprano, UK

Previous Engagements: Donna Anna (Don Giovanni, Mozart, Merry Opera), Donna Anna cover (Don Giovanni, Mozart, Longborough Festival Opera), Second Boy (The Magic Flute, Mozart, Welsh National Opera).

Forthcoming Engagements: Alcina (Alcina, Handel, Ensemble OrQuesta/Grimeborn Festival).

Cesare/Sesto – Cast A
Emma Jungling

Mezzo-soprano, Switzerland

Previous Engagements: Tituba (The Crucible, Robert Ward, Berlin Opera Academy), Soloist (excerpts from Le nozze di Figaro/Carmen/Die Fledermaus/L’Italiana in Algeri/Wonderful Town, Mozart/Bizet/Strauss/Rossini/Bernstein, Opéra de Lausanne), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier, Strauss, Royal Academy of Music Opera Scenes).

Forthcoming Engagements: Chorus member (My Fair Lady/Manon Lescaut, Lerner & Loewe/Puccini, The Grange Festival), Alto soloist (Mass in C, Beethoven, East Cornwall Bach Choir), Alto soloist (Petite Messe Solennelle, Rossini, Waltham Singers).

Dama/Cornelia – Cast A
Erin Williams
Caliban/Macduff – Cast A
Thomas Birch

Tenor, UK

Previous Engagements: Macduff (Macbeth, Verdi, Duchy Opera), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly, Puccini, Opera Loki), Mr Angel (The impresario, Mozart, Teatru Manoel – Malta).

Forthcoming Engagements: Don José (Carmen, Bizet, Open House Theatre – Vienna).

Iago/Hamlet – Cast A
Owain Browne
Banquo/Ghost – Cast A
Edwin Kaye
Lady Macbeth/Poison – Cast B
Corina Ignat

Soprano, Romania

Previous Engagements: Clorinda cover (La cenerentola, Rossini, Irish National Opera), Arminda (La finta giardiniera, Mozart, RIAM Opera), Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute, Mozart, RIAM Opera).

Cesare/Sesto – Cast B
Lucilla Graham

Mezzo-soprano, Scotland

Previously at WFO: Detenuta (Risurrezione, 2017).

Previous Engagements: Third Lady (The Magic Flute, Mozart, Arcadian Opera), Chorus and Noble Page (Tannhäuser, Wagner, Bayreuther Festspiele).

Dama/Cornelia – Cast B
Olivia Rose Tringham

Mezzo-soprano, UK

Previous Engagements: Fanny Price (Mansfield Park, Jonathan Dove, Royal Northern College of Music), Mère Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites, Poulenc, Royal Northern College of Music), La Sorella Infermiera (Suor Angelica, Puccini, Royal Northern College of Music).

Caliban/Macduff – Cast B
Dominick Felix

Tenor, UK

Previously at WFO: Rodriguez (Don Quichotte, 2019).

Previous Engagements: Rodriguez (Don Quichotte, Massenet, Wexford Festival Opera), The Driver, The Drunken Guest, The Foreman (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Shostakovich, Birmingham Opera).

Iago/Hamlet – Cast B
James Corrigan

Baritone, Scotland

Previous Engagements: Falke (Die Fledermaus, Strauss, Iford), Escamillo (La Tragédie de Carmen, Bizet/Brook, Pop-Up Opera), Junius (The Rape of Lucretia, Britten, Grimeborn).

Banquo/Ghost – Cast B
Thomas Hopkinson