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Six days, six episodes, 15 mins each – watch the story unfold. Giuseppe Verdi was inspired to write his final opera Falstaff, based on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters, when he was nearly 80 years of age.

The members of the Wexford Factory (a professional development academy for young Irish singers) will perform a six-part mini-series rendition of Verdi’s masterpiece Falstaff over six consecutive days. Follow the chronicles of the fat knight, Sir John Falstaff, as he attempts to seduce two married women in an effort to gain access to their husbands’ wealth.

Stream at 6pm daily on RTE.ie/Culture.
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Creative Team

Music Director
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).

Roberto Recchia


Previously at WFO: Director (Doctor Miracle ShortWork, 2019).

Previous Engagements: Director (Adelson e Salvini, Bellini, Teatro Massimo Bellini – Catania; Mettici il cuore, Valentino Corvino, Teatro Coccia – Novara).

Forthcoming Engagements: Director (Alienati, Taralli/Cara/Gon/Carrara, Teatro Coccia – Novara).

Serena Treppiedi


Previous Engagements: Stage Designer Assistant (Turandot, Puccini, Teatro Real de Madrid; Risurrezione, Alfano, Maggio musicale Fiorentino; Un ballo in maschera, Verdi, Teatro Campoamor / Teatro Calderón).

Forthcoming Engagements: Set Designer Assistant (La traviata, Verdi, Lithuanian National Opera).

Lighting Designer
Eoin McNinch


Previously with WFO: Lighting Programmer for all mainstage operas at Wexford Festival Opera (2006–2019).


Sir John Falstaff
Rory Dunne

Bass-baritone, Ireland

Previous Engagements: Colline (La bohème, Puccini, Lyric Opera Productions), Escamillo cover (Carmen, Bizet, Irish National Opera), Angelotti (Tosca, Puccini, Cork Opera House).

Forthcoming Engagements: Bartley (Riders to the Sea, Vaughan Williams, The Everyman - Cork), Cadmus/Somnus (Semele, Handel, Opera Collective Ireland), Betto di Signa (Gianni Schicchi, Puccini, Blackwater Valley Opera Festival).

Gianni Giuga

Baritone, Italy

Previous Engagements: Taddeo (L'Italiana in Algeri, Rossini, Opéra de Tenerife and Teatro Comunale in Bologna); Gerard (Andrea Chénier, Teatro Rossetti, Trieste)

In 2018 he was awarded first prize in the AsLiCo competition for the role of Escamillo in Carmen.

Sir John Falstaff
David Howes

Bass-baritone, Ireland

Previously at WFO: Second Archer (Le Pré aux clercs, 2015), Jack and Flynn (Dubliners ShortWork, 2017), Sciarrone (Tosca ShortWork, 2015).

Previous Engagements: Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart, Zezere Arts Festival), Bass Soloist (Requiem, Verdi, Co-orch Dublin), Bass Soloist (The Creation, Haydn, Dun Laoghaire Choral Society).

Alice Ford
Francesca Federico

Soprano, France

Previous Engagements: Ninetta cover (La gazza ladra, Rossini, Teatro Nuovo Festival), Anna Gomez (The Consul, Menotti, Bronx Opera), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni, Mozart, Utah Vocal Arts Festival.

Forthcoming Engagements: Voice 5 (Self Defined Circuits, Jillian Flexner, The Fresh Squeezed Opera Company), Condesa/Sor Andrea (Juana, Carla Lucero, dell’Arte Opera).

Alice Ford
Jade Phoenix

Soprano, Ireland

Previous Engagements: Ungrateful woman (Il ballo delle ingrate, Monteverdi, RIAM), Charlotte Badger (Banished, Stephen McNeff, RIAM), Jane (DreamCatchr, Kevin O’Connell, RIAM).

Kathleen Norchi

Soprano, USA

Previous Engagements: Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan, Utopia Opera), Lucy (The Telephone, Menotti, Vocal Productions NYC), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart, Manhattan Opera Studio).

Forthcoming Engagements: Sandman/Dew Fairy (Hänsel und Gretel, Humperdinck, City Lyric Opera), Frasquita (Carmen, Bizet, Utopia Opera).

Sarah Shine

Soprano, Ireland

Previous Engagements: Angelika (Der Gesang Der Zauberinsel, Marius Felix Lange, Salzburg Festspiele), Adele (Die Fledermaus, Strauss, Opéra National de Paris), Leocadia (Reigen, Philippe Boesmans, Opéra National de Paris).

Meg Page
Sarah Richmond

Mezzo-soprano, Northern Ireland

Previously at WFO: Yelena Popova (The Bear ShortWork, 2016), Willie (Guglielmo Ratcliff, 2015).

Previous Engagements: Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart, Irish National Opera), Soloist (Messiah, Handel, Ristretto), Soloist (9th Symphony, Beethoven, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra).

Forthcoming Engagements: Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica, Puccini, Berlin Opera Academy), Hansel cover (Hänsel und Gretel, Humperdinck, Berlin Opera Academy), Soloist (Harbour, Dr Greg Caffrey, Replay Theatre).

Mrs. Quickly
Anna Brady

Mezzo-soprano, Ireland

Previous Engagements: Arnalta (L’incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi, Alexander Gibson Opera School – Scotland), Praskovia / Margot Frou-Frou (The Merry Widow, Lehár, Opera Bohemia), Daisy (The Next Station is Green Park, Anna Semple, Opera Eos).

Andrew Gavin

Tenor, Ireland

Previously at WFO: Mr Alleyne/O’Halleran (Dubliners: Counterparts ShortWork), Bob Doran (Dubliners: The Boarding House ShortWork), Thomas Moore Songbook, 2017.

Previous Engagements: Jupiter (Semele, Handel, Opera Collective Ireland), Acis (Acis and Galatea, Handel, České Staré Hudby), Andrès/Cochenille/Frantz/Pitichinaccio (Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Offenbach, Irish National Opera).

Forthcoming Engagements: Ruodi (William Tell, Rossini, Irish National Opera), Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Mozart, Irish National Opera), Tenor Soloist (Requiem, Verdi, Our Lady’s Choral Society & RTÉ Concert Orchestra).

Dr Caius
Conor Prendiville

Tenor, Ireland

Previous Engagements: Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni, Mozart, Theatre Rudolstadt), Dr S (The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Nyman, Opera Collective Ireland), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart, Lyric Opera Studio Weimar).

Vladimir-Mihai Sima

Tenor, Romania

Previous Engagements: Le Remendado (Carmen, Bizet, North Wales Opera Studio), First Prisoner (Fidelio, Beethoven, Lyric Opera Productions – Dublin), Edward Milfort (La cambiale di matrimonio, Rossini, Northern Ireland Opera Studio).

Forthcoming Engagements: Gastone (La traviata, Verdi, Clyde Opera Group), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni, Mozart, Clyde Opera Group).

Conall William O’Neill

Bass-baritone, UK

Previous Engagements: Colline (La bohème, Puccini, Hampstead Garden Opera), Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring, Britten, Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen), Antonio (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart, Royal College of Music International Opera School).

Andrea Valfrè
Sara Catellani
Luisa Baldinetti