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A new opera commission by Wexford Festival Opera, composed by Andrew Synnott, based on The Rape of Lucrece by William Shakespeare. Libretto by Alessandra Binucci and Rosetta Cucchi. Sung in English.

Composer and Artist-in-Residence, Andrew Synnott’s new opera commissioned by Wexford Festival Opera is based on the Shakespeare narrative poem, The Rape of Lucrece, about the legendary Roman noblewoman Lucretia.
Under the direction of Rosetta Cucchi, What Happened to Lucrece is written for four singers and piano, and will be performed on three separate evenings.
Each performance will have a different ending; one tragic, one farcical and one romantic. Viewers are invited to vote on their preferred ending.  

Contains themes of a mature nature and may not be suitable for younger audiences.

Stream at 8pm daily on RTE.ie/Culture.
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Creative Team

Conductor/Music Director
Andrew Synnott


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

Rosetta Cucchi


Previously at WFO: Director (Risurrezione, 2017; Salomé, 2014; L’Arlesiana, 2012; Tutti in maschera, 2008).

Previous Engagements: Director (Risurrezione, Alfano, Maggio musicale Fiorentino).

Forthcoming Engagements: Director (Adriana Lecouvreur, Cilea, Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky, Opera Omaha).

Lighting Designer
Eoin McNinch


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

First Pianist
Giorgio D’Alonzo


Previously at WFO:  Rèpètiteur in Margherita by Foroni (2017), L’oracolo/La mala vita (2018), Adina/La cucina (2019), Music Director in Rigoletto (2017), La fanciulla del west (2018), L’inganno felice (2019).

Previous Engagements: Rèpètiteur in Coscoletto by Offenbach in Festival della Valle d’Itria, Rèpètiteur in Rigoletto at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Don Pasquale at Teatro Comunale di Bologna

Forthcoming Engagements: Rèpètiteur in Barbiere di Siviglia at Opera de Nancy, Conductor assistant in Ernani in Antwerpen


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).

Rory Musgrave

Baritone, Ireland

Previously at WFO: Magnus (Herculanum, 2016), Smirnov (The Bear ShortWork, 2016), Bell (Guglielmo Ratcliff, 2015).

Previous Engagements: Schaunard (La bohème, Puccini, Opera Theatre Company), Mayor of Youghal (Vagabones, Raymond Dean, Irish Youth Opera), Taddeo (L’Italiana in Algeri, Rossini, Blackwater Valley Opera Festival).

Forthcoming Engagements: Young Kelvin (Solaris, Dai Fugikura, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre/Staatstheater Augsburg), Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin – Young Artists Production, Tchaikovsky, Opera Holland Park).

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).

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).